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Sorcery pot

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


attrib. Abu people

Papua New Guinea

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Porapora River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    probably Abu people
    early 20th century-mid 20th century
    collected 1965
    Media categories
    Ceramic , Ceremonial object , Sculpture
    Materials used
    earthenware, coiled and chip-carved
    28.0 cm height; 16.0 cm diameter
    Purchased 1965
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    attrib. Abu people

    Works in the collection


  • 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]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications