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Title

Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with wooden mask)

mid 20th century
collected 1965


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.


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 petiole, wood, plant fibre, natural earth pigments


Dimensions

132.0 x 72.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1994


Artist information

Ap Ma people

Works in the collection

4