Priest's Oil Dish, Fiji Islands
Lot 277
Priest's Oil Dish, Fiji Islands
US$ 4,000 - 6,000
€2,900 - 4,300
Auction Details
Lot Details
Priest's Oil Dish, Fiji Islands
sedreniwaiwai
length 15 7/8in (40cm)
Wood

Provenance:
Private Collection, Nantes, France

Carved from the sacred vesi wood, this object is most likely 18th century as evidenced by the amount of wear to the lug feet which are almost unnoticeable, and by the rich, dark-brown patina to the top surface, developed over years of use with scented coconut oil with which the priest anointed himself before invoking his god.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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