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Utilitarian Items

From the most insignificant to the most sacred, the tribal Papuan adorns all of his worldly objects with designs and representations of the spirits that inhabit them.

Of particular interest are the two potteries below. While all tribal art in Papua New Guinea is produced by men, these elegant cooking and steaming pots are made by women.

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Fig. 55:
Black Water Lakes,
Wood, 18
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Fig. 56:
Cooking Pot,
Yabob Village,
Clay, cane base, 12
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Fig. 57:
Steaming Pot,
Middle Sepik,
Clay, cane &
orchid stem base, 11
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Fig. 58:
Feast Dish,
Iatmul Province,
Wood, 24

Ancestral Spirit Masks Yam Masks Gable Masks Hooks Shields Flute Stoppers
Figures Orator Stools Karahuts Shell Jewelry Utilitarian Items Drums


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