Iatmul people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Bowl

Location
Not on display
Further information

This unusual earthenware bowl has a chip-carved design that features a scroll design common in the Iatmul-speaking region of the Middle Sepik and in adjacent areas, including Sawos territory north of the river. The design usually represents a vine.

The Australian geologist Peter Austin travelled through the Sepik region in 1965-66 and assembled a comprehensive collection of material culture which is now held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. More than 400 items formed the basis of the major exhibition 'New Guinea: Big Man Island', held at the Museum in 1970. This bowl was collected by Austin during his sojourn in Papua New Guinea.

Place of origin
Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
Year
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
earthenware
Dimensions
11.0 x 37.0 x 27.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Todd Barlin 2020. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number
187.2020