Queen Elizabeth visited an exhibition chronicling the culture and art of Fiji
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she toured the attraction at the University of East Anglia (UEA), billed as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition about the South Pacific nation.
Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific is being staged at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the university in Norwich, and features stunning sculptures, textiles, and ceramics alongside ivory and shell regalia.
It also presents both Fijian artworks and a European response to them – paintings, drawings and historic photographs of the 19th and 20th century.
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The many examples of exceptional Fijian creativity on display are presented as works of art in their own right
Professor Steven Hooper
These include watercolours by the intrepid Victorian travel writer and artist Constance Gordon-Cumming, and the Irish naval artist James Glen Wilson, who was in Fiji in the 1850s.
During her visit the Queen also saw the ceremonial whale tooth, or tabua, which was presented to her during her first visit to Fiji in 1953.
The royal couple also met Fijian students studying at the UEA and other Fijians living in the UK.
The Queen toured the attraction at the University of East Anglia
This exhibition is the result of a three-year arts and humanities Research Council-funded project which examined the extensive but little known Fijian collections in the UK and overseas, and uncovered some significant treasures.
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Research project leader and exhibition curator Professor Steven Hooper said: "An important aspect of this exhibition is that the many examples of exceptional Fijian creativity on display are not presented as 'ethnographic specimens' or 'illustrations' of Fijian culture, but as works of art in their own right, as worthy of attention as any art tradition in the world, including Modernism.
"Remarkable creative imagination is applied to the making of ancestral god images, ritual dishes and regalia, and to the decoration of enormous barkcloths."