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Njul potipah [fish shaped bowl] 20th century Place made: Wonam Village, Tami Islands, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea Melanesia
Materials & Technique: woodwork, bowls, wood
Decorated wooden bowls once were found in great numbers across the Huon Gulf until the introduction of tin plates, each bowl was carved by specialised artists who often incorporated a symbol or mark that identified the bowl as their work. The motif of a lizard would only be seen when this fish shaped bowl was not in use, there are a number of bowls from Morobe province in the collection but this example is unique for its sense of movement.
Curator, Pacific Arts
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