An image of Sorcery pot

attrib. Abu people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Sorcery pot

Location
Not on display
Further information

Little is known about the pottery traditions of the Porapora. Margaret Tuckson and Patricia May noted in their book 'The traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea', that the former priest of the Catholic Mission of the Divine Word, Marienberg, Father Lehner, believed pots such as this were used to store sacred objects used in sorcery, or to brew ritual potions to smear on objects.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 30]

Place of origin
Porapora River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
probably Abu people
Year
early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965
Media
Ceramic, Ceremonial object, Sculpture
Medium
earthenware, coiled and chip-carved
Dimensions
28.0 cm height; 16.0 cm diameter
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
423.1994