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Tami Wooden Bowl - K.777
Origin: New Guinea
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 24" (61.0cm) high
Collection: Tribal
Style: Ceremonial Bowl

Additional Information: HK.
Location: Great Britain
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The artists of the Tami Islands, a group of small islets off the eastern tip of the Huon Peninsula, were the most prolific carvers in northeast New Guinea. Tami carvers produced large quantities of objects, in part for local use but primarily for trade to neighboring groups. The most important Tami trade goods were intricately carved hardwood bowls, which formed an essential component of the bride-wealth gifts exchanged at marriage ceremonies throughout the region. Superbly crafted and highly polished, Tami bowls served as ceremonial vessels, used for the preparation and distribution of food during feasts and rituals. This bowl likely depicts the face of a spirit, - (K.777)


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