KAMAKAING, Njul potipah [fish shaped bowl] Enlarge 1 /4
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Artist's cultural association:
Tami people
Njul potipah [fish shaped bowl] 20th century Place made: Wonam Village, Tami Islands, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea Melanesia
Materials & Technique: woodwork, bowls, wood

Dimensions: 14.0 h x 47.0 w x 20.0 d cm
Accession No: NGA 69.230.50

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. 

Crispin Howarth
Curator, Pacific Arts

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra