An image of Kámané (serving bowl)

Sawos people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Kámané (serving bowl)

Other titles:
Food bowl
Location
Not on display
Further information

The design carved across the surface of this 'kámané' is said to represent a 'wangi' (eel), a totemic animal probably associated with the owner's clan. When a feast is held, visiting clan members can be identified by the clan totem displayed on the 'kámané' brought by the owner.

The 'kámané kipma' (fine clay) used by Kamangaui potters is sourced from an area known as Wimbo, according to Gabriel Mowe of Kamangaui village.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 12]

Place of origin
Kamangaui Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Sawos people
Year
mid 20th century
collected 1965
Media
Ceramic
Medium
earthenware, coiled and chip-carved, natural pigments
Dimensions
16.5 cm height; 32.4 cm diameter
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
386.1994
Copyright
© Sawos people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics