Fiji: Interior of a Chief's House, Bau

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Interior of a Chief's House, Bau. The cross-beams, ties, and wall-plates are covered with sinnet, plaited in various designs and colours. The screen on the back wall is of native "masi," a cloth made from the bark of the "Paper-mulberry," and the design is printed with native dyes. The floor is covered with mats plaited from the leaves of a species of pandanus. The table in the centre is that on which the Dead of Cession was signed. Illustration for The Colony of Fiji, 1874–1924 (S Bach, Government Printer, 1924). Note: Copyright of photos is credited to Government of Fiji.

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