Cooking pot (Alimanu)

Production date
Pre 1990
Papua New Guinea
Milne Bay
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Amphlett style cooking pot, traditional name: Alimanu. Fired earthenware, incised geometric and curvilinear designs on body. Associated with coconut shell bowl stand (E40858).
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander pottery
Production date
Pre 1990
Dia 125 x D 95 mm
Media/Materials description
Fired earthenware
History and use
Known as ‘Alimanu’, this cooking pot, is made in a style unique to the Amphlett region of Papua New Guinea. From an early age, women from the Amphlett region learn the specialised techniques involved with the manufacture of Amphlett pottery. The pots are traditionally built upside down, with the women combining slabs and rolls of clay to form the object, starting with the rim and finishing with a rounded bottom. A paddle beating process is then used to create the rim and smooth the surface. The manufacture of such pottery is traditionally strictly women’s business; men are only involved in the collection of the raw clay materials, and the distribution of the finished pottery for sale or exchange. Amphlett pottery is often included in the Kula exchange, traded between various groups in Papua New Guinea.

This object was collected by donor Peter Watt in 1990 and donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.
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