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Artist's cultural association:
Tami people
Bowl in the form of a fish [njul potipah] 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