The Traditional Pottery of Papua New Guinea |
This book is the most comprehensive and authoritative survey
of the traditional pottery of Papua New Guinea ever produced. The authors have
made a thorough analysis of pottery-making throughout Papua New Guinea, based
on eight years of field work. They proffer a first-hand account of clay preparation,
pottery formation, and firing techniques, interwoven with information on the
functions of the pottery and the various approaches to decoration.
Particular types of pottery have been identified by analysing some of the clays
and by studying the pottery in terms of different language divisions, which tend to
correlate with different pottery styles. The book contains detailed descriptions of the
pottery based not only on personal observation, but also on a meticulous collection
of photographs from the villages of Papua New Guinea, private collections and
museum collections throughout the world.
As well as providing fascinating descriptions of personal contact with traditional
pot-makers and legends about the origins of the clay and pot-making, The
Traditional Pottery of Papua New Guinea makes a serious contribution to the
study of the country’s history and culture in its documentation of pottery exchange
routes and the cultural importance of pottery. Reviews of previous historical and
anthropological information are also incorporated.
Patricia May & Margaret Tuckson
244 full-colour photographs,272 black-and-white photographs, 16 line drawings, 12 maps
Portrait; hardcover; xii + 380 pages
240 x 214 mm