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Sago Eating Bowl

Native NameKamana
Object Number:2013-20-31
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province
Height: 15 cm
Outside Diameter:32.7 cm
Credit Line:Gift of David C. and Karina Rilling, 2013
Other Number:S-188 - Collector Number
731 or 730 - Other Number


Conical bowl. Coiled construction, carved and painted. Patterns are brown, buff and white, outlined in burnished black. Inside is terracotta with extensive smudged areas from firing. Black fingerprints. 731 in white crayon. An eating bowl, for individual portions of sago pudding. Supported by a woven fiber ring when in use.

Overall pattern of sets of nested squares in alternating orientation, with vertical ellipses flanked by concentric crescents in the spaces between them. The central set of squares has a circle in the middle and six carved outlines; the two other sets of squares have three outlines. The central circle, three of the first set of squares, two of the second set of squares and the first set of vertical ellipses are textured with punctate dots. Arund the rim are four horizontal ellipses flanked by concentric crescents.

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