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Sago Eating Bowl

Native NameKamana
Object Number:2013-20-32
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province
Height: 12.3 cm
Outside Diameter:35.7 cm
Credit Line:Gift of David C. and Karina Rilling, 2013
Other Number:S-207 - Collector Number
889 or 688 - Other Number


Conical bowl. Coiled construction, carved and painted. Patterns are red, yellow, and white, outlined in burnished black. Inside is terracotta with some smudged areas from firing. Black fingerprints. Numbers in white crayon: 889 (?). Curved crack, almost entire circumference, near center. An eating bowl, for individual portions of sago pudding. Supported by a woven fiber ring when in use.

Four heart-shaped faces: two connected across the center by a five link chain and two near the rim, at the pointed ends of black heart shapes with triple tops. Round eyes, “anchor” noses, smiling mouths. The faces at the rim are flanked by spirals. The faces, the outlines of the faces, and the outlines of the hearts are textured with punctate impressions. Around the rim is a border of punctate triangles. Design resembles those of 2013-20-1 and 2013-20-30.

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