Ap Ma people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with wooden mask)

Other titles:
Bark painting (Figure with wooden mask as head), Spathe painting with wooden mask
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Keram River, Lower Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Ap Ma people
Year
mid 20th century
collected 1965
Media
Painting
Medium
sago palm petiole, wood, plant fibre, natural earth pigments
Dimensions
132.0 x 72.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
371.1994