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Title

Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif)

mid 20th century
collected 1965

Artists

Wiski Busengin Woknot

Papua New Guinea

circa 1920 - 1976

Ap Ma people

Papua New Guinea

Alternate image of Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif) by Wiski Busengin Woknot, Ap Ma people
Alternate image of Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif) by Wiski Busengin Woknot, Ap Ma people
Alternate image of Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif) by Wiski Busengin Woknot, Ap Ma people
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Bark painting (single large central figure)
    Spathe painting
    Place where the work was made
    Wom Village Keram River Lower Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Ap Ma people
    Dates
    mid 20th century
    collected 1965
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    sago palm petioles, plant fibre, natural pigments
    Dimensions
    120.0 x 82.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1965
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    372.1994
    Copyright
    © Wiski Busengin Woknot Family

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    Wiski Busengin Woknot was born in Wom village, in the grassland area west of the Keram River, around 1920. His people - the Ap Ma - occupy 16 villages around the the Keram River, a tributary of the lower Sepik River in Papua New Guinea.

    Painted panels are made from flattened pieces cut from the thick sheath end of the sago palm frond. Traditional pigments are clays, charcoal and powdered lime from shells. These panels are displayed in the gable ends of a 'nbad ma' (men's ceremonial house) facade, as well as in the semi-secret rear compartment of the 'nbad ma'.

    This is a classical painting from Wom village with the artist's use of yellow ochre for motifs around the figure: the floral design depicts water lilies on the river and the circular motif the sun.

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