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Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Melanesian; New Guinean; Papuan
Creator Name-CRT: New Guinea, Abelman, late 20th century
Title: Carved Bowl
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1975
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: late 1900s
Creation Place: Abelam
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessels
Materials and Techniques: earthenware with mineral pigments
Dimensions: Diameter: 28.4cm, Overall: 11cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.11
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Context: The Abelam people inhabit a hilly region of northeast New Guinea, north of the Sepik River. Their most spectacular art form is a towering spirit house, the gable decorated with brightly painted panels depicting ancestral spirits. Similar faces are carved on these food bowls, and colored with white, orange and yellow pigment after firing. While utilitarian pottery is made by women, decoration with sacred designs must be carried out by men. Ornamented bowls like these are displayed and exchanged at feasts.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.11
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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