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

SEARCH RESULTS: TOPIC: Household and Daily Life / OBJECT: Dancing slit-gong or drum

Photograph of a Man beating drum Photograph of Man playing slit drum

Dancing slit-gong or drum
Sedre ni waiwai

Made by excavating a log and leaving crosspieces near either end. Lali ni meke are beaten with two sticks called i-uaua, made of softer wood than the lali ni meke to avoid damaging it. Larger lali, up to two metres long, were for general communication, while smaller ones like this, easily carried, were for certain ceremonial occasions and for dancing.
Reg. Number: X2501
Acquistion Details: Acquisition details unknown
Dimensions: L.520mm Diam.115mm
MV Collection object
A slit gong musical instrument
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