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Title

Spathe painting

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.

This is a classical painting from Wom village, with the artist's use of yellow for motifs around the figure: floral designs depict the water lilies on the river and the circular motif the sun.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (single large central figure)


Cultural origin

Kambot people


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

sago spathe petiole, natural earth pigments


Dimensions

122.0 x 81.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

372.1994