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Kámané (serving bowl)

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Sawos people

Papua New Guinea

  • Details

    Other Title
    Food bowl
    Place where the work was made
    Kamangaui Village Middle Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Sawos people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1965
    Media category
    Materials used
    earthenware, coiled and chip-carved, natural pigments
    16.5 cm height; 32.4 cm diameter
    Purchased 1965
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Sawos people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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    Artist information
    Sawos people

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The design carved across the surface of this 'kámané' is said to represent a 'wangi' (eel), a totemic animal probably associated with the owner's clan. When a feast is held, visiting clan members can be identified by the clan totem displayed on the 'kámané' brought by the owner.

    The 'kámané kipma' (fine clay) used by Kamangaui potters is sourced from an area known as Wimbo, according to Gabriel Mowe of Kamangaui village.

    [entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 12]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Tony Tuckson, Melanesian art, Sydney, 1966, 7. cat.no. 33; 'Bowl. Clay, unglazed, open fired. Carved linear pattern painted black and grey, 5h 12½ diameter, Kamangowi, Sepik River, (collected Tambanum). Used for cooking sago. Collected 1965'.

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