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Title

Spathe painting with wooden mask

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The Kambot people occupy 16 villages along the banks of the Keram River, a tributary of the lower Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

Spathe paintings are displayed in the gable ends of a Haus Tambaran, or men's house. The panels, called 'pangals', are made from flattened pieces cut from the thick sheath end of the sago palm leaf. Traditional pigments are clays, charcoal and powdered lime from shells.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (Figure with wooden mask as head)


Cultural origin

Kambot people


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

sago spathe petiole, wood, natural earth pigments


Dimensions

132.0 x 72.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1994