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Title

Kámané (serving bowl)

mid 20th century


Artist

Sawos people

Papua New Guinea


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea


Cultural origin

Sawos people


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware, natural earth pigments


Dimensions

13.0 cm height; 31.0 cm diam


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

188.2020


Artist information

Sawos people

Works in the collection

7


Place

Where the work was made
East Sepik Province