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Bowl in bird form

In pre-Christian Fiji, bowls in the form of a flying duck were an important element of a priest's ritual equipment. Scholars have disagreed about their precise use, but they were probably used to serve a ritual drink.

Provenance

1970s, acquired in Fiji by Dr. Solange Skinner; 2009, gift of Dr. Skinner to the MFA. (Accession date: November 18, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Oceanic, Viti Levu, Republic of the Fiji Islands, mid 20th century

Dimensions

Overall: 46.3 cm (18 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2009.4964

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture