[singlepic id=75 w=250 h=450 float=none]Twinned figure hook
Originally from Tonga, this twinned image travelled to Fiji where it became possessed by the spirit of Nalilavatu, wife of the principal Nadi god. It lived in its own miniature spirit house within the temple.
Fiji, Viti Levu. Presented to Sir A. Gordon by Ratu Tevita Madigibuli, 1876. 1955.247
A wide range of figures in wood and ivory were revered in pre-Christian times. Those with anthropomorphic features were generally female. Many were considered to be manifestations of ancestor gods. While some are distinctively Fijian in style, many ivory figures probably originated in Tonga.