[singlepic id=259 w=450 h=250 float=none]Yaqona strainer
This strainer comes from the Viti Levu Highlands. Fern leaves were placed inside the bowl to trap impurities. The filtered liquid was poured through the spout.
Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. Z 346
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.