Fiji Masi painting - Pasifika, Emblems of Fiji by Sigavou Studios. Shop online at My Fiji Store

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Crafter/ArtisanSigavou Studios
ArtistMaria Rova
CategoryFiji Art
ProductFijian Masi Painting
MediumHand-painted on Masi (inner bark of the paper mulberry tree)
SizeThe masi is mounted on customised black card, and measures approx. 21cm tall by 25cm wide (landscape). The black card measures approx. 24.5cm tall and 30cm wide
CopyrightImages and text © Maria Rova

Pasifika Masi painting- Emblems of Fiji

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Description

This Fijian Masi painting is one of a pair, celebrating emblems of Fiji’s forests and seas. Traditional legends feature many of the animals found in Fiji’s reefs, explaining how they got there, or attributing magical powers to them. One of the spirits worshiped by ancient Fijians was a sea snake, revered as especially powerful. Turtles, on the other hand, were symbols of good luck, bringing blessings to those who encountered them!

This Fiji painting features a Fiji Turtle, Sea snake, crab, fish, palm trea and shell.

Fijian ‘masi’, also called barkcloth, is produced by village women on islands such as Vatulele. A renewable resource, masi is made by harvesting strips of bark from specially grown paper-mulberry trees. Each piece takes days to process, involving repeated pounding, soaking and stretching. These traditional skills are passed on from generation to generation, with certain clans being considered the experts in masi-making. The uneven quality of the masi reflects its handmade origin.

Maria Rova lives in Nadi, Fiji. Her artwork is inspired by the wildlife, culture, and scenery of the Pacific, especially that of the remote island of Taveuni to the north of the Fiji group, which is home to her husband’s traditional clan. Sustained by forest and reef, Taveuni villagers still follow many of the ancient cultural practices that give Fijian people their unique identity. The artist wishes to acknowledge gratefully the impact that her Fijian family has had on her work.

Framing instructions

This artwork has been left unframed for ease of shipping.

When ready to frame, simply peel the painting from its temporary backing and mount on a coloured background of your choice, leaving the rough edges of the masi showing to enhance its natural look.

Properties

Crafter/ArtisanSigavou Studios
ArtistMaria Rova
CategoryFiji Art
ProductFijian Masi Painting
MediumHand-painted on Masi (inner bark of the paper mulberry tree)
SizeThe masi is mounted on customised black card, and measures approx. 21cm tall by 25cm wide (landscape). The black card measures approx. 24.5cm tall and 30cm wide
CopyrightImages and text © Maria Rova

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