The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum


A shallow dish with four legs, carved from a single piece of vesi wood (Intsia bijuga). The inside of the dish has a fine coating of yaqona residue and a coconut husk string provides a hanging loop. Dishes of this type were in use in Tonga in the late 1700s, where they were probably used as food platters. This example, collected in Fiji, has been used as an ibuburau, with yaqona being sucked from it as it stood on the floor. It measures 52cm long, 29cm wide and 10.5cm high.

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