Unknown Artist

Cooking pot

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According to anthropologist Virginia Watson, 'in addition to its manufacture by the Agarabi (Agarabe) in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea, pottery is also made in at least one Kamano (Kafe) community, Lihona. Lihona is located in the Bismark Ranges overlooking the Ramu River valley ...'.

The Kamano at Lihona, as reported by Acting Assistant District Officer, William Brown, at Kainantu in 1955, were 'more closely connected with the Kaieuran people of the Ramu, than with the Kamano'. It is therefore also possible that this pot was traded up from the Ramu River area.

Lihona pots differ from those made by the Agarabe in that the walls are thinner than the Agarabe jars, and were found to be dark grey to black in colour.

[See Virginia Watson, 'Pottery in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea', Southwestern Journal of Anthropology, vol 11, no 2, Summer 1955, pp 121-128]

Place of origin
Henganofi, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Kamano (Kafe) or Rawa people
collected 1966
earthenware, blackened
21.6 cm height :
0 - Whole; 21.6 cm; diameter of rim
0 - Whole; 11.4 cm
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
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