The design on this clay eating bowl represents earth worms.
29.8 cm bowl rim (diam.); 13.5 cm bowl height :
0 - Whole, 29.8 cm, diameter of rim at widest point
0 - Whole, 13.5 cm (5 5/16"), height of bowl from base to rim
Gift of Margaret Olley 1984
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Margaret's Gifts, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 04 Jan 2020–22 Mar 2020
Referenced in 2 publications
Paul Dennett, Mak bliong Sepik: a selection of designs and paintings from the Sepik River, Wewak, 1975, 113. A similar design to the one incised on this eating bowl is illustrated on page 113 and described as representing earth-worms. The designs on the food bowls from pages 106 to 114 come from the Kamangaui-Koiwat area.
Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May, The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea, Kensington, 1982. see pages 224-231 for similar vessels and description of coiling and decorating techniques