University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:2013-20-34
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Sawos
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
East Sepik Province
Aibom
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Clay
Pigment
Height: 107 cm
Outside Diameter:51.91 cm
Credit Line:Gift of David C. and Karina Rilling, 2013
Other Number:A-5 - Collector Number

Description

Tall pot with rounded bottom, narrow mouth and flaring rim. Terracotta with smudged areas from firing. Human face molded in relief on one side of the neck: round eyes, broad nose, round open nostrils. Face has a scalloped raised rim, with small holes punched through the points (for fiber tassels). Three molded crescents below. Black pigment in the crescents and the face. White designs under the rim over the eyes, lines of chevrons on the temples. Used to store smoked sago.


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