A BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED TAMI ISLAND BOWL
Provenance: Private collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam
The artists of the Tami Islands, a group of small islands 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.
Tami Islands, Papua
Hardwood and lime pigments, beginning of 20th century. 50 x 37 x 15 cm
Very nice patina of use.