Siassi CeremonialCarved Wooden Bowl, Tami Islands PNG
The Siassi carvers of the Tami Islands produced these remarkable bowls not only for their own use but as trade goods much sought after by neighboring groups.
Through out the area these, bowls represented an important part in the bride-wealth exchange at wedding ceremonies..They also served as ceremonial vessels, used for the preperation of food during feasts and rituals. The face on this bowl likely depicts the face of a spirit..
The bowl is carved of hardwood and is nicely patinated, bearing traces of lime. pigment.
Please note the rim losses shown.
18” in length, 7 1/8 in width