B & W negative

Registration number
Item name
B & W negative 
Indigenous name
Mr Des Bartlett  
Associated cultural group
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East Sepik Province > Wosera Gaui District > Aibom
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1954 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mr Des Bartlett 
H: W: L: D: Circum:


Black and white photograph of clay cooking vessel.

Research notes

"The large clay saucepans are used as fire places in the houses, and the fire burns day and night. Aibom pottery. Boiling water and vegetables in one type of Aibom saucepan, and using the eathernware fireplace" [Bartlett 1953].

See also 31951, 31954, 31956, 31969, 31970, 34412, 34414, 34415 [catalogue card note].

Part of a series of copies of 330 photos in the range 31891 to 34881 taken by Bartlett on a 1953 trip to the Sepik River with Armand and Michaela Dennis who were making the film 'Among the Headhunters' which was released by Arthur J Rank. The photos include an initiation ceremony held at Yanchan Village on the main river. The photos come from an album of the trip made by Bartlett, a copy of which given to the museum in 1983 along with other photos which were copied at that time.

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