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Yaqona bowl, Tanoa
Large tanoa carved from a solid piece of vesi wood. A carved lug, to which a long cord of plaited and twisted coir is attached, sits under the lip. The inside shows residue of yaqona.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3339
In 19th-century Fiji, preparing and drinking yaqona was a complex and codified operation. A wide range of containers, strainers, cups and stands were used. The materials employed in making these objects varied according to where they were produced and used.