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water bottle, round shape

small spout, opening at top, five handles CULT unknown before 1891 Fiji Melanesia Fijian pottery is made by mixing clay and sand to the correct consistency and is then moulded into shape by hand. The pots are quickly fired on an open hearth and a resinous varnish is applied while the vessel is still hot, giving the pots their distinctive colour. The main types of pots were wide-mouthed cooking vessels and water jars. The water jars often have numerous orifices, complex handles and very ornate surface decoration. (information from "Fijian Artefacts" by Ron Ewins, 1982)