Description & Technical information

A fine and large kamana, or soup bowl used by initiated men. The decor is composed of four stylized human faces – probably male - representing important spiritual ancestors. The figures are separated by geometric motifs. Koiwat Village style, Sawos People, Middle Sepik, P.N.G.  26 cm in diameter. 

Period:  20th century
Origin:  New Guinea, Melanesia
Medium: Fired and polychromed clay
Literature: Ill.: OCEANIA N°8. FACES OF CLAY - THE POTTERY OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Galerie Meyer, Paris, 1991, N° 19.
Categories: Tribal Art