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Title

Painting from ceremonial house

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


Details


Other Titles

Bark painting

Spathe painting


Place where the work was made

Yuat River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Painting


Materials used

sago palm petioles, plant fibre, orange-red ochre, white mineral clay and black pigments


Dimensions

103.7 x 63.0 cm :

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


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

369.1994