Sago Bowl, Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea.
This is a large and old food serving bowl from the Sepik River Region. The bowl is of elongated oval form, openwork handles in the shape of stylized crocodiles heads on both ends. Flattened at the bottom: incised with figurative motifs and depicting mythological spirits with a "smiling" mouth below. The shape is copied from that of a canoe; Sepik people also may refer to the body as a canoe for the soul or spirit.
Light-weighted wood, entirely dyed with red powder, weathered, slightly dam., traces of use, abrasion, paint rubbed off….
L. 108 cm / 42.5 inch. W. 30 cm / 11.8 inch.
Provenance: Purchased in the eighties from J. Muiselaar, the Hague, Netherlands.