Figure 1:Incised sago bowl with color added after firing. The decoration is on the underside of the bowls while the inside is smooth.
Koiwat and Kamangauwi Villages make this distinctive style of incised pottery. They are one of the small groups of villages located along the narrow rivers and sago swamp patches that meander through the low kunai grass hills of the Sepik plain. The kunai areas are called the Grass Country. Koiwat and Kamangauwi are in the plains back from the river villages of Timbunke and Tambanum. They trade their pottery down to Tambanum Village and from there it is traded all along the Sepik River.
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Artifacts on this site are collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. More background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. Carolyn Leigh, P.O. Box 85284, Tucson, AZ 85754-5284 USA, Art-Pacific at http://www.art-pacific.com/