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late 19th century-early 20th century


Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Middle Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Iatmul people
    late 19th century-early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    11.0 x 37.0 x 27.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Todd Barlin 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Iatmul people

    Works in the collection


  • About

    This unusual earthenware bowl has a chip-carved design that features a scroll design common in the Iatmul-speaking region of the Middle Sepik and in adjacent areas, including Sawos territory north of the river. The design usually represents a vine.

    The Australian geologist Peter Austin travelled through the Sepik region in 1965-66 and assembled a comprehensive collection of material culture which is now held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. More than 400 items formed the basis of the major exhibition 'New Guinea: Big Man Island', held at the Museum in 1970. This bowl was collected by Austin during his sojourn in Papua New Guinea.

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