[singlepic id=78 w=450 h=450 float=none]Yaqona bowl, Sedreniyaqona
The light grey patina inside suggests that this small bowl was used for yaqona. It is carved with a lug for suspension when not in use and rests on four stubby anthropomorphic feet.
Fiji. Collected by Sir A. Gordon, 1875-80. Z 3389
In pre-Christian times, a large variety of wooden vessels were used by priests to hold yaqona or scented coconut oil (waiwai). Kept in the spirit house (burekalou), the use and care of these dishes followed complex ritual procedures. When not in use, they would have been suspended inside the temple.