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An image of Kamana (Eating bowl) by

Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

Kamana (Eating bowl)
Other titles:
Food bowl
Place of origin
Middle Sepik RiverEast Sepik ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Sawos people
collected 1960s
Media category
Materials used
earthenware, chip-carved

29.8 cm bowl rim (diam.); 13.5 cm bowl height:

0 - Whole; 29.8 cm; diameter of rim at widest point

0 - Whole; 13.5 cm; height of bowl from base to rim

Gift of Margaret Olley 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The design on this clay eating bowl represents earth worms.

Bibliography (2)

Paul Dennett, Mak bliong Sepik: a selection of designs and paintings from the Sepik River, Wewak, 1975, 113. A similar design to the one incised on this eating bowl is illustrated on page 113 and described as representing earth-worms. The designs on the food bowls from pages 106 to 114 come from the Kamangaui-Koiwat area.

Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May, The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea, Kensington, 1982. see pages 224-231 for similar vessels and description of coiling and decorating techniques