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Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
East Sepik
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Description
Clay Pot-NORANGGAU: round base, globular body, open neck, everted rim, appliqued and painted "face" decoration at neck; cracked from rim and body in 3 places, rim fragments missing; sago storage jar. H.415mm,W.367mm
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander pottery
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Measurements
H.415 x Dia.367 mm
Media/Materials description
Earthenware
History and use
There are two variations of sago storage jars made by the Aibom, called au. In the case of the noranggau, it is the smaller of the two (the other being damarau). With a short and wide neck and large opening, the norranggau is also more squat in comparison to the damarau. Used not only as a cooking vessel, the norrangau is also utilised as a means to store freshly made sago before it is smoked or cooked.

The decoration of the vessel consists of relief sculpture depicting animal or human faces with the exception of the pig or skull. There are usually two to four faces applied to the neck area and which can extend further down the body of the vessel. These forms are simplified however, and protruding parts such as the nose, can serve as handles.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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E10302

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