Matty Island Wuvulu Manus Province.
Unique traditional food dish with the best features of rocking round bottom and razor thin edges in superb state of preservation. Deep rich, glowing age patina and displays rayskin finish. Very encrusted C1930s ex McColl Coast Watcher collection Pre WW11.
Definitive of Ortiz’s observations “The most successful form of a dish ever made in any civilization of masterful abstract & pure line. The relationship of curve & plane, of solidity & lightness, strength & elegance to its form creates a volume which is great sculpture –a sheer delight to the eye, a homage of man to space”
Dense heavy rainforest hardwood (Red Narra/Taun Ohabu)
Circa Early 1900s