Bowl in bird form

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

On View

Arts of Asia, Oceania, and Africa Gallery (Gallery 177)

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture

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, Boston; 2009, gift of Solange Skinner to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 18, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner