(Papua New Guinea – )
Painting from ceremonial house (spirit figure with waterlillies and sun motif)
- Other titles:
- Bark painting (single large central figure), Spathe painting
- 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.
This is a classical painting from Wom village, with the artist's use of yellow ochre for motifs around the figure: floral designs depict the water lilies on the river and the circular motif the sun.
- Place of origin
Lower Sepik River,
East Sepik Province,
Papua New Guinea
- Cultural origin
- Ap Ma people
- mid 20th century
- sago palm petiole, natural earth pigments
- 122.0 x 81.0 cm
- Purchased 1965
- Accession number
- © Ap Ma people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics