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Title

(Spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif)

mid 20th century


Artist

Ap Ma people

Papua New Guinea


About

The Ap Ma 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 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 ochre for motifs around the figure: floral designs depict the water lilies on the river and the circular motif the sun.


Details


Other Titles

Bark painting (single large central figure)

Spathe painting


Cultural origin

Ap Ma 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


Artist information

Ap Ma people

Works in the collection

2