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Title

Sorcery pot

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

attrib. Abu people

Papua New Guinea


About

Little is known about the pottery traditions of the Porapora. Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May noted in their book 'The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea', that the former priest of the Catholic Mission of the Divine Word, Marienberg, Father Lehner, believed pots such as this were used to store sacred objects used in sorcery, or to brew ritual potions to smear on objects.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 30]


Details


Cultural origin

probably Abu people


Dates

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Materials used

earthenware, coiled and chip-carved


Dimensions

28.0 cm height; 16.0 cm diameter


Credit

Purchased 1965


Accession number

423.1994


Artist information

attrib. Abu people

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Margaret Tuckson, Pottery in Australia [vol. 5, no. 1], 'Pottery in New Guinea', pg. 9-16, Turramurra, May 1966, between pg.16-17 (illus.).

The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea, 'East and West Sepik Provinces', pg. 208-325, Kensington, 1982, 250, 251 (illus.). figure no. 9.72