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Sago Eating Bowl

Native NameKamana
Object Number:2013-20-33
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province
Height: 12.3 cm
Outside Diameter:33.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of David C. and Karina Rilling, 2013
Other Number:S-211 - Collector Number
13 - Other Number


Conical bowl. Coiled construction, carved and painted. Patterns are red, yellow, and white, outlined in burnished black. Inside is terracotta with smudged areas from firing. The number 13 in crayon. Crack from rim almost to center. An eating bowl, for individual portions of sago pudding. Supported by a woven fiber ring when in use.

Central motif of four heart shaped lobes with four faces, alternating red and yellow, same orientation. Round eyes, “anchor” noses, small oval mouths. The triangular spaces between the lobes are filled by concentric circles and crescents. The faces, the outlines of the lobes and the concentric circles are textured with punctate dots. Around the rim is a border of four flat ovals flanked by elongated punctate triangles.

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