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

Wiski Busengin Woknot

(Papua New Guinea circa 1920 – 1976)

Ap Ma people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

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

Other titles:
Bark painting (single large central figure), Spathe painting
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Wom Village, 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 petioles, plant fibre, natural pigments
Dimensions
120.0 x 82.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
372.1994
Copyright
© Wiski Busengin Woknot Family