- Museum number
Bowl for kava, made from a single piece of wood, with patina from kava. Stand is carved in openwork zigzags through which a coconut fibre cord is passed through and knotted.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1855)
Diameter: 26 centimetres
Height: 22.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Information on registration slip (from missing old label?): 'HMS Herald's Voyage Octr 1855 Yaqona kava Fiji grog bowl. Fiji. H.M. Denham'
This is probably more accurately described as a priest's dish for drinking kava.
Register slip comment:
Hooper (2016:235) notes that this was collected at Gau Island in either September 1854 or October 1855. 'Gau is not an island known for its wood-carving tradition, so this dish was almost certainly an import'.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016-2017 15 Oct-25 Feb, Norwich, UEA, Sainsbury centre, Fiji: Art and life in the Pacific
2019-2021 15 Dec-2 May, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific
- Good - the jagged edge below the rim is missing some of its points
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the HMS Herald SW Pacific expedition of 1852-1861.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number