The Penn Museum is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. Learn more.

Sago Eating Bowl

Native NameKamana
Object Number:2013-20-9
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province
Height: 14.6 cm
Outside Diameter:26 cm
Credit Line:Gift of David C. and Karina Rilling, 2013
Other Number:S-77 - Collector Number


Conical bowl. Coiled construction, carved and painted. Patterns are red and white, outlined in burnished black. Inside is dark terracotta with one smudged area from firing. An eating bowl, for individual portions of sago pudding. Supported by a woven fiber ring when in use.

One the sides are three faces with round eyes, "anchor" noses and crescent mouths, enclosed by spiral "horns." Three similar but smaller "horns" are repeated above, where they combine to form a three-lobed figure in the center. At the rim, below the large spirals, are pairs of smaller, flattened spirals. All the linear elements are decorated with punctate slashes. Large chip out of rim, painted over.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

New Acquistions Case - Oceania (26 Nov 2015 - 03 Oct 2018) View Objects in Exhibition

You may also be interested in these objects:

See a problem? Let us know