Pottery

Production date
Unknown
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
East Sepik
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Description
Pot: earthenware, black, round base, flaring sides, exterior surface covered with applique bands.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander pottery
Maker
Production date
Unknown
Measurements
L376 x W346 x H235 mm
Media/Materials description
Earthenware
History and use
It was stated that this pot was collected from the Arapesh people of the Prince Alexander Mountain. However, the general form of this pot is very similar to the cooking pots of the people from the Plains Boiken.

The cooking and sago storage vessels (one and same), called au, are made in the varying sizes and shape. Using the coil technique, the Boiken pots are made and decorated entirely by men. Au, are usually decorated with finger or thumb drag marks which are executed in bands running longitudinally around the entire surface of the vessel. The final two or three coils are then drag marked or bonded, depending upon the artistic licence of the potter.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
E10779

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