Fijian earthenware pottery is an ancient craft dating back to the original settlers, the Lapita culture of 1000-900 BC. Pots were made by the women of the coastal, sea-faring clans and are constructed with slabs of clay which are assembled and paddled into shape using a technique known as “paddle and anvil”. The finished vessels are glazed with a resin from the Dakua tree which is poured on the pots while they are still hot from the firing.
Dakua is the local name for a genus of the Agathis, an ancient evergreen conifer that dates back to the Jurassic period. In New Zealand it is known as the Kauri.
For another example, see item inv. Oc1886,1016.3 in the British Museum