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Title

Kámané (serving bowl)

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

Sawos people

Papua New Guinea


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]


Details


Other Title

Food bowl


Cultural origin

Sawos people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware, coiled and chip-carved, natural pigments


Dimensions

16.5 cm height; 32.4 cm diameter


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

386.1994


Artist information

Sawos people

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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'.