Large Feast Bowl
Tami or Siassi Island, Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province
Papua New Guinea
This monumental size Food Bowl is from Tami or Siassi Island in the Huon Gulf Area of Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea. Carved from a single large piece of hardwood in a deep oval shaped bowl. The outside of the bowl if finely carved high relief a prominent ancestors faces at either end of the bowl. The other designs are stylised birds & fish carved in high relief and highlighted with white lime infill into the design. These old bowls are family heirlooms that are kept through generations and used on ceremonial occasions. Important old bowls are also used in traditional dowry payments made by a young mans family.
Collected in 1920s by Dr Edwin Archibald Holland who was in New from 1927 to 1933; The Todd Barlin Collection