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Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea


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Collection No. T-4731
Size Sizes L-R 88cm - 95cm- 101cm
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea
Sago Stirrer Huon Gulf Area Morobe Province Papua New Guinea

These three old Sago Stirrer are from Tami or Siassi Islands in the Huon Gulf Area of Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea. Though these are utilitarian objects used for food preparation they are finely carved with ancestors heads as the main motif on both sides of the Stirrers.

When you look through the photos carefully you will see three amazing artworks from the late 19th Century. They were collected in 1927 and all had significant age when collected. All three have a decorated finial but my favourite is the one on the far left in the photo, this Stirrer has a totemic bird as the finial and on the handle these is a totemic snake carved in high relief.

Some of the finest carvers in New Guinea come from the area in the Huon Gulf, they were master carvers of superb bowls that were traded far and wide.  All three of these are on custom made stands and you can see from the photos how good they look standing up together looking like a sculptural installation.

Provenance: Collected  in 1927  by Dr Edwin Archibald Holland who was in New Guinea working from 1927 to 1933.

The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Art & Oceanic Art

Huon Gulf  References

* Eric Coote has a print-out of a ?ANU web site biblio on Morobe P., presumably on every topic

– Bodrogi, Tibor 1961, Art in North-East New Guinea. Budapest: Hungarian Academy of Science.

– Dark, Philip J.C. 1974, Kilenge Art and Life. London: Academy.

– Dark, Philip J.C. and Mavis Dark. 2009. Vukumo: Art and Life of the Kilenge A Personal Perspective. Adelaide: Crawford House Publishing.

– Meyer, Anthony J.P. 1992. The Funerary Tapa-cloths of the Nakanai from New Britain (Oceania Nr 11). Paris: Galerie Meyer. {Sales catalogue.]