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 multiple bowls.

Research notes

"Aibom Village, near Chambri Lakes on the Middle Sepik, is famous for its pottery and this is traded to other villages both up and down the main river. Here large fireplace type pots are drying naturally beneath a house before being fired to produce the final hard surface" [Bartlett 1953].

See also 31951, 31954, 31956, 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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