Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0488.HMC
Title:
Building for Selling Artwork
Place:
Lower Sepik, Angoram Village Market, Papua New Guinea
Description:
Covered structure for selling art work with thatched roof. Group of people walk towards and stand underneath the structure.

The market building at Angoram Village on the Lower Sepik River is constructed in a modified form of a haus tambaran (spirit house), the large structure in the center of each village. The triangulated thatch roof is supported on stilts of tree trunks cut to the same size. In the front triangulation a large face, built up from layers of bark, dominates the gable. Each end of the rooftop has a finial. Sometimes they are carvings of birds, a bird carrying a person or a large penis. Only tall sticks are seen at each end of the market building.
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