Tanoa

Description
This large bowl was cut from a single block of wood, traditionally from the vesi tree (Intsia bijuga). It was used for making a drink called yaqona (pronounced yanggona), which was made from the roots and stems of the pepper bush (Piper methysticum) mixed with water. Yaqona was a ceremonial drink served during public chiefly rituals. The ritual itself had spread from Tonga to Fiji in the 18th century. This vessel highlights the close cultural connections between the Samoan, Tongan and Fijian islands as carvers of Samoan decent settled in Kabara in the southern Lau group to make canoes and bowls. These bowls were distributed by exchange throughout the region.
Accession Loan No.
1896/8/1
Collection Class
Religion and magic
Common Name
tanoa
Simple Name
bowl
Full Name
bowl (yaqona)
Dimensions
whole diameter 550 mm; whole height 210 mm
Production Year High
1896
Production Town
Kambara
Production County
Lau Islands
Production Country
Fiji
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood; coconut fibre
Function Name
ceremonial
Function Detail
for serving yaqona to guests - Kabara-style, Lau group.
Collection Area Region
POLYN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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