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Title

Lamu (Hearth stand)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

These solid objects made of clay and fired to a low temperature are modelled by men whereas women make cooking pots. They were used to support a cooking pot over a fire. This particular object with the animal above may not have been functional, showing an intermediary stage to the next illustration, a figure. The people of Dimiri and associated villages living in swamp country, traded pots, as well as baskets, mosquito bags and artifacts with the group to the west, the Mundugumor (Biwat people) who lived on both sides of the Yuat River. The aggressive Mundugumor preyed on the swamp villages but "they were careful not to kill all of them for then there would be no makers of pots left alive" (Margaret Mead, 'Sex and temperament in three primitive societies', New York, 3rd ed, 1963, pg. 171). Stylistically the pot head has strong affinities with wooden masks of the Yuat style, the pouting mouth, the lower raised cheeks, the bulbous nose.

revised entry from AJ Tuckson, 'Some Sepik River art from the collection', AGNSW Quarterly, vol 13, no 3, 1972, pg. 671.


Details


Other Titles

Clay gargoyle

Ridge ornament

Hearth support


Cultural origin

Yaul people


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware, incised and modelled


Dimensions

19.0 cm height; 27.0 cm width :

0 - Whole; 19 cm

0 - Whole; 27 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA2.1965



Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Daniel Thomas (Editor), 1965 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1965, 79-80. cat.no. 143

Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May, The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea, 'East and West Sepik Provinces', pg. 208-325, Kensington, 1982. General reference to Yaul pottery. See Fig. 9.63 for similar hearth stand with the addition of a bird.

Tony Tuckson, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Some Sepik River art from the collection', pg. 666-679, Sydney, Apr 1972, 667, 670, 674 (illus.). plate no. 4

Tony Tuckson, Melanesian art, Sydney, 1966, 7, between pg. 12-13 (illus.). cat.no. 30