In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this gourd, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.
Jackson fieldnotes: Sometimes used as a water container and frequently as a cooking vessel when in season. Bamboo and bark container usually used for cooking small quantities of food. Gourd is enclosed in a natural fibre support.
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