Bowl-wood

Production date
1975-1979
Country
Papua New Guinea
State/Province
N C D
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Description
Register description: Bowl-wood, bird shaped, incised curvilinear designs on underside, geometric designs on rim. L.420mm,W.250mm
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bowl wood
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Measurements
L.420,W.250
Media/Materials description
Wood
History and use
This wooden bowl in the shape of a bird was carved by an unknown artist at the Papua New Guinea National Art School in the 1970s. The National Art School was established in 1972 as part of the state-sponsored cultural development that was taking place in Papua New Guinea in the lead-up to Independence in 1975. The institution aimed to nurture young artists and celebrate the cultural diversity of Papua New Guinea, while at the same time promoting a national artistic style.

This piece is carved in the style of Tami Island ceremonial bowls. Tami carvers were once among the most prolific craftsmen of Northeast New Guinea. Elaborately carved Tami ceremonial bowls were exchanged throughout the Huon Gulf and also used as bride wealth payment.
Registration number
E17943

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