Tanoa Kava Bowl

Fiji Islands

Carved wood, indigenous repairs
19th century

Height: 10 in. (25.5 cm)
Length: 30 in. (76 cm)

Published: Polynésie, Paris, 2011, p. 50-51

Price: on request

Central Polynesia
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As stated by Steven Hooper for the British Museum, large bowls of this kind (tanoa or kumete ni yaqona), cut from a single block, were for the mixing of kava (kava in Tongan; yaqona, pronounced yanggona, in Fijian), a drink made from the roots and stems of the pepper bush Piper methysticum, mixed with water.

The metal indigenous repairs on the bowl and the legs are paerticularly noteworthy.