Chambri Pottery Basket Sculpture from Papua New Guinea

Chambri Tribe (Southeastern Asia, 20th Century)

Chambri Pottery Basket Sculpture from Papua New Guinea
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Chambri Pottery Basket Sculpture from Papua New Guinea


A charming piece of pottery art from the Chambri Lakes region of Papua New Guinea, made of terra cotta and the earth pigments of black and white. This round clay basket fits nicely into the hand and features two faces, one of each side of the basket. The faces of the basket have protruding features, and bulging eyes. The basket measures 2 1/2 inches and is almost 3 inches tall. Its a humorous little sculpture, a wonderful artifact from Oceania. This piece comes from the tradition of the Aibom Viollage, where terra cotta pottery is very important for the preparation of meals and food. Pots are often the base for figural works, and other decorative art works. All earthenware are painted with oxide pigments but not all have figures shaped onto them. This small Chambri basket was hand made with clay coils, from clay collected along the Sepik River and fired locally in a pit in the land. Clay pottery from the Aibom village is very fragile and not often found outside of the region. This piece is a de-aquisitioned piece from a Museum. It is quite a rare clay work of art.


Category Ceramics
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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