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19th Century Fijian Yaqona Bowl D39cm, H16.5 cm- Ex East Coast Usa private coll.
Beautifully worn Yaqona bowl - Definte signs of use, adze carved, deep red brown patina. Used in ceremonies to make Yaqona,
Yaqona - made from from the roots of the pepper plant , Piper methysticum.
" chewed, grated or pounded yaqona root is mixed with water in a bowl and the drink is served in coconut shell cups. the presentation and procedure of yaqona is an important customary procedure.."
Ref. " The Fiji Journals of Baron Anatole Von Hügel 1875-1877 P461- Note 9.
Jane Roth and Stephen Hooper