Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Sago Storage Pots
Aibom (Pottery Village), East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Row of five sago storage pots with three smaller ones in front of them. They have faces sculpted on them and have white and black pigments.

Aibom is a pottery village in the Chambri Lakes area off the Middle Sepik River in Eastern Papua New Guinea. During dry season, it is not accessible. There are no roads, and boats cannot hazard the floating islands. Women are the potters. Each pot is unique: a face in relief of an animal, human or mythological being. They are made by the coil method and each face is colored with lime, whitewash and black pigment. They are reddish orange clay that is left in the sun to dry or baked in an open fire. They remain fragile.
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