- Museum number
Oil-container, made from a long, thin gourd held in a lattice of cane; improvised cardboard stopper.
- Production date
Height: 61.50 centimetres (including handle)
- Curator's comments
- Oil container (‘kopong ming’ in the Wahgi language) purchased from Kambye of the Komblo sub-group Kekanem Kurmukanem. Such containers are made by men; when I asked whether a woman might make them, incredulity was expressed: ‘amb nal mal enam’: how could a woman (possibly) make them? The gourd (‘jip karimb’) itself is found both in the grasslands and in the forested Jimi area to the north. The vine from which the lattice is made is ‘kan gelu’. For an account of the making of the collection of which this is part see ‘Paradise: portraying the New Guinea Highlands’ by Michael O’Hanlon (British Museum Press, 1993).
Field collection no:3.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 3 (field collection number)