Forensic Fashion
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>>1846 Fijian koroi
Subjectkoroi 'killer'
Culture: Fijian
Setting: tribal warfare, Fiji late 18th-mid 19thc
Objectsedre ni waiwaidaveniyaqona, darivonu dish

* Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography > Pacific Islands Hall
"Oil dish
Fiji Islands" ...

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Oceania
"Kava Bowl in the Form of a Turtle (Darivonu)  Fiji, early 19th century  Wood  ...
The preparation and drinking of kava, a mildly narcotic beverage, is a central element of Fijian culture.  Carved in the form of a turtle, which seems to glide effortlessly through the sea, this vessel was used to serve kava at communal ceremonies.  The nature of Fijian kava ceremonies and serving vessels appears to have changed significantly beginning in the late eighteenth century.  Prior to that, kava was consumed primarily by religious specialists and initiated men from small shallow vessels, which often were figural in form, or from small, leaf-lined pits in the ground.
    "In the late 1700s, Tongans and Samoans, who originally arrived as warriors and later settled among the Fijians, introduced a more secular kava ritual in which groups sat around a large round kava bowl.  Likely created in the early 1800s as the two types of kava rituals began to merge and become a distinctly Fijian cultural institution, this work, which combines the figural imagery of early kava vessels with the larger scale of later kava bowls, represents the adaptation of an ancient form to a dynamic and evolving tradition."

* Vatican Home RN#131285
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