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Title

Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with wooden mask)

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artists

Wiski Busengin Woknot

Papua New Guinea

circa 1920 - 1976

Ap Ma people

Papua New Guinea


About

Throughout the 1960s, comparable panels were found in villages west of the Keram River such as Lol, Paniten and Wom, where this panel originates. The men's ceremonial house in Angoram was also embellished with several similar panels, stitched together to form a large 'canvas'. Father Lehner of the Catholic Mission of the Divine Word sent examples to the Steyler Mission Museum in Germany, while another is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

These all feature a carved and painted wooden head attached to the top of a support of sago palm petioles. Below the head, the body and limbs of a figure – possibly a culture hero or spirit – are painted in white clay and ochre pigments.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 20]


Details


Other Titles

Bark painting (Figure with wooden mask as head)

Spathe painting with wooden mask


Cultural origin

Ap Ma people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Painting


Materials used

sago palm petioles, wood, plant fibre, natural pigments


Dimensions

135.0 x 70.5 x 7.5 cm overall; 25.0 x 10.0 x 6.0 cm mask


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1994


Artist information

Wiski Busengin Woknot

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Ap Ma people

Works in the collection

4


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history