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Bowl

Date:
late 19th–early 20th century
Geography:
Papua New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, Manus Province
Culture:
Manus Island
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 7 7/8 x W. 8 5/8 x D. 15 1/2 in. (20 x 21.9 x 39.4 cm)
Classification:
Wood-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.206.1421
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 354
Comprising the large island of Manus and the smaller islands that surround it, the Admiralty Islands lie off the north coast of New Guinea to the west of New Ireland.
Home to four principal groups—the Manus, Matankol, Ussiai and Paluan—the archipelago produced a series of art forms that often show a marked uniformity in style and imagery across the region. This is largely because artists from specific groups or islands appear to have specialized in producing particular types of objects that were exchanged throughout the archipelago. Admiralty Islander artists produced a rich variety of decorative arts, which were used in both religious and secular contexts. Many specific art forms appear to have been created by the Matankol, who traded them to neighboring groups.
[Julius Carlebach Gallery, New York, until 1952]; Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York, 1952, on loan to The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1956–1978

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