Kava bowl, from Fiji. ; pre 1910; 76/47/2
Kava bowl, from Fiji.
Round, four legged, kava bowl.
Kava is used for medicinal, religious, political, cultural and social purposes throughout the Pacific. These cultures have a great respect for the plant and place a high importance on it. In Fiji, for example, a formal yaqona (kava) ceremony will often accompany important social, political, religious, etc. functions, usually involving a ritual presentation of the bundled roots as a sevusevu (gift), and drinking of the yaqona itself.
Kava is a crop grown in the western Pacific. The root of the Kava plant can be ground up and used as a mild sedative which produces mild euphoria and relaxation without compromising mental clairity. The name kava(-kava) is from Tongan and Marquesan; other names for kava include ʻawa (Hawaiʻi), 'ava (Samoa), yaqona (Fiji), and sakau (Pohnpei).
pre 1910Place Made
250 mm high x 850 mm diameter
This bowl came into Te Manawa's collection from the old Palmerston North Museum , where it was deposited in 1910 by Mrs Hirsch.
Collection of Te Manawa Museums TrustCredit Line
Donated by Mr J Brydon Speedy.
Fijian kava bowls are usually six legged bowls. Tongan kava bowls are always four legged. I have a 140 year old kava bowl measuring 28" across,which belonged to king Taufa'ahau IV and was given to me as a gift.
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