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Beautiful carving of one of Fijis popular traditional icons; the Lali.


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A Fijian carving of a Lali drum would typically showcase the intricate craftsmanship and cultural significance associated with this instrument. The carving would be made of wood, reflecting the traditional material used in the construction of the drum itself.

The Lali drum is typically cylindrical in shape, with a hollowed-out center that creates a resonating chamber. The carving would feature the distinctive slit or slits in the wood, which are essential for producing the unique sounds of the drum. These slits are strategically carved to create different pitches, allowing for a range of tones to be played.

The overall design of the carving would encompass the cultural motifs and symbols that are important to Fijian traditions. These could include geometric patterns, plants, animals, or ancestral figures, all intricately carved and etched into the wood. The choice of motifs may vary depending on the specific region or clan associated with the carving.

In terms of size, a ceremonial Lali drum would typically be larger and more imposing, reflecting its role in announcing significant events such as births, deaths, and wars. On the other hand, a smaller Lali ni meke drum used for music would be more portable and easier to play.

The Lali drum is traditionally played with hands, using a technique that involves slapping the slits with the palms to produce rhythmic patterns. However, the use of sticks is also common, as it allows for greater control and volume. The carving would depict sticks either resting on the drum or being held by the figure created on the carving itself.

Overall, a Fijian carving of a Lali drum would capture both the functional and symbolic importance of this instrument in traditional Fijian culture. It would showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of the Fijian people, ensuring that this cultural icon is preserved and celebrated for generations to come.

The Lali is a mini replica of the ceremonial one and may vary in shape, colour or size as they are individually made by hand.

Pieces: 3

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