Fiji's Treasured Culture: Highlighting the collections of Museum Victoria

TOPIC: Dress and Adornment

Those of chiefly and priestly rank were permitted to dress and adorn themselves in ways not available to others, such as particular forms of tapa cloth (masi) and shell valuables.

Valuables were made from a variety of shells, including black lipped pearl shell, cowry shells, and some smaller shell varieties. Most important, however, were objects made from whales’ teeth, including necklaces, chest ornaments and single teeth, tabua, all of which were used for ceremonial occasions. Boars’ tusks were made into neck ornaments and used in scraping smooth wooden objects.

Dress and Adornment

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Bark cloth detail
Bark cloth (detail)

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Bark cloth
Bark cloth

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Wig of human hair
Wig

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Masi beater
Masi beater

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Beater
Masi beater

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Bark cloth detail
Bark cloth (detail)

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Bark cloth
Bark cloth

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Detail of a man's costume
Garment (detail)

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