A1300-097

Kamana Or Sago Bowl

East Sepik Province

Papua New Guinea

Sawos People

20th C.

Incised Pottery With Pigments



These food bowls, called kamana, originate from the Sawos people in East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. Women construct and fire the vessels while men decorate them using chip-carving techniques and natural pigment paints. Despite their elaborate decorations, the bowls are used for everyday meals, propped up by a circular ring of plaited cane. When not in use, they are kept inverted so their designs can be appreciated.
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