- Museum number
Circular shallow dish of hard red wood. Bowl has serrated edges and rim is carved with incised designs. Sits on four square uprights rising from a discoidal base with slits corresponding to the uprights.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1865)
Height: 18 centimetres
Width: 26 centimetres
Depth: 25.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stuck-on label, handwritten: 'Oil bowl from Mbau, Fiji, July 1865.'
Register slip describes this as an 'oil bowl'. Later comment says: 'Priests bowl for drinking angona. Drunk from on hands and knees without [illiegible] it'. A.G.
- Not on display
- Slip notes 'It is broken into three pieces'. It is now glued together but there are missing areas on the rim.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection made in late July 1865 on a cruise of HMS Curacoa around the Pacific, which was divided among Maidstone Museum, the British Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum and Exeter Museum.
Register slip reads:
Presd. by Julius L. Brenchley Esq 24.3.1870 (M.)
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1870C1.6541 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1870C0324.88