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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


About

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.


Details


Other Titles

Bark painting (single large central figure)

Spathe painting


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


Accession number

372.1994


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