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Cooking pot

collected 1966


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Other Title
    Place where the work was made
    Henganofi Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Kamano (Kafe) or Rawa people
    collected 1966
    Media category
    Materials used
    earthenware, blackened
    21.6 cm height :

    0 - Whole, 21.6 cm (8 1/2")

    0 - Whole, 11.4 cm, diameter of rim

    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    According to anthropologist Virginia Watson, 'in addition to its manufacture by the Agarabi (Agarabe) in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea, pottery is also made in at least one Kamano (Kafe) community, Lihona. Lihona is located in the Bismark Ranges overlooking the Ramu River valley ...'.

    The Kamano at Lihona, as reported by Acting Assistant District Officer, William Brown, at Kainantu in 1955, were 'more closely connected with the Kaieuran people of the Ramu, than with the Kamano'. It is therefore also possible that this pot was traded up from the Ramu River area.

    Lihona pots differ from those made by the Agarabe in that the walls are thinner than the Agarabe jars, and were found to be dark grey to black in colour.

    [See Virginia Watson, 'Pottery in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea', Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, vol 11, no 2, Summer 1955, pp 121-128]

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May, The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea, 'Madang Province', pg. 162-205, Kensington, 1982. For an image of a similar Rawa cooking pot collected at Henganofi, see Figure 8.42, pg. 192.

    • Virginia Watson, Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, 'Pottery in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea', pg. 121-128, United States of America, Summer 1955. General article about pottery production in the Agarabi-speaking and Kamano-speaking communities of the Eastern Highlands.