Priest’s burau dish

Description
This finely carved dish was used for burau, the indigenous Fijian ritual of pre-Christian priestly ceremonial yaqona drinking. The priest, possessed by a god, drank yaqona in a concentrated form through a straw and communicated medical diagnoses and other predictions of interest to the supplicants who had provided the yaqona root. Carved from a single block of vesi wood.
Accession Loan No.
11/1900/163
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
priest’s burau dish
Simple Name
dish
Full Name
priest’s dish (ibuburaunibete)
Dimensions
whole height 165 mm; whole diameter 312 mm; whole diameter 160 mm
Production Date
Mid-19th century
Production Year High
1900
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood (Intsia bijuga)
Function Name
ceremonial
Function Detail
used by priest’s for non-public rituals
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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