Royal South Pacific Tribal Kava Bowl

Late 19th to Early 20th Century

Diameter 81 cm ( 32 in )

The bowl was used for the preparation of Kava and is of typical form with pierced carrying lug and four legs. It is however particularly large as befits a gift from a King

Kava was a mildly intoxicating drink the preparation of which involved elaborate ritualistic procedure when used in formal ceremonies where it played an important part.

Given to the previous owner as a gift by King Taufa'ahau IV of Tonga

Yalo i Viti: A Fiji Museum Catalogue by Fergus Clunie pub. 1986

1638 / 2943
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