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Kámané (serving bowl)

mid 20th century


Sawos people

Papua New Guinea

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Sawos people
    mid 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    earthenware, natural earth pigments
    13.0 cm height; 31.0 cm diam.
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

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

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Sawos villages are known for their conical-shaped pottery bowls, used for serving food. Pots and sago are traded from inland villages to Timbunke and Tambanum on the Sepik River, in exchange for fish, requiring hours of walking in either direction.

    Clay is dug solely by women who also make the initial form using a coiling technique. Men then decorate the pots with a prodigious variety of designs, each depicting specific totems of the clans they represent.

    For further information see: Helen Dennett and Paul Dennett, 'Mak bilong Sepik: a selection of designs and paintings from the Sepik River', Wirui Press, Wewak, 1975; and Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May, 'The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea', Bay Books, Sydney, 1982.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    East Sepik Province

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