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royal south pacific tribal kava bowl
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royal south pacific tribal kava bowl

Given to the previous owner as a gift by King Taufa'ahau IV of Tonga

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royal south pacific tribal kava bowl

Late 19th to Early 20th Century Diameter 81 cm ( 32 in ) The bowl was used for the preparation of Kava and is of typical form with pierced carrying lug and four legs. It is however particularly large as befits a gift from a King Kava was a mildly intoxicating drink the preparation of which involved elaborate ritualistic procedure when used in formal ceremonies where it played an important part. Provenance: Given to the previous owner as a gift by King Taufa'ahau IV of Tonga Bibliography: Yalo i Viti: A Fiji Museum Catalogue by Fergus Clunie pub. 1986 1638/2943

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