Image: House model, Fiji PUN1142

House model, Fiji PUN1142

Local name: Bure kalou

Provenance: Fiji, Melanesia, Pacific

In the Fijian village, the spirit house was the most impressive and tallest building where the priest lived. Model houses were copies of their actual houses and used by the priest when travelling so he could take some of the divine and potent powers with him.

Description: dark brown coconut fibre cord woven and lashed around bamboo and wood structure; weaving pattern of narrow, parallel bands of triangles; house model square base; steeply sloping, four-sided roof capped with wooden ridgepole lashed with fibre; rectangular entrance on one side.

Height: 81cm; Length: 38cm; Width: 38cm

Emma Furno
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