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Title

Bowl

late 19th century-early 20th century


Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea


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.


Details


Cultural origin

Iatmul people


Date

late 19th century-early 20th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware


Dimensions

11.0 x 37.0 x 27.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Todd Barlin 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

187.2020


Artist information

Iatmul people

Works in the collection

44