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Painting from ceremonial house

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Unknown Artist

No image
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Bark painting
    Spathe painting
    Place where the work was made
    Yuat River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    possibly Biwat people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1965
    Media category
    Materials used
    sago palm petioles, plant fibre, orange-red ochre, white mineral clay and black pigments
    103.7 x 63.0 cm :

    0 - Whole, 8.5 cm, approx. depth of panels

    Purchased 1965
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    Throughout the Sepik river, in particular the lower Sepik groups of Anggoram and Kambot as well as the Abelam region, ceremonial houses were decorated with panels made from sago palm petiotes, known as 'panggals'. Using charcoal, ochres and other mineral pigments, artists painted onto panels, which were often bound together with plant fibre to form a larger surface on which to work.

    These panels were adorned with paintings representing mythological beings, spirits and motifs from the Sepik plant and animal world. The motifs found on this panel resemble designs found on paintings collected on the Berlin Ethnological Museum's Sepik expedition of 1912-13, and reproduced in Heinz Kelm's 'Kunst vom Sepik' (catalogue numbers 328-332), published in 1966.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication