Collection Online
earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
135.2 × 63.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through the NGV Foundation with the assistance of The Thomas William Lasham Fund, Founder Benefactor, 2001
© Courtesy of the copyright holder
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The painting depicts butterfly eggs, a totem belonging to Nowiy Teeki clan. Two large black ovoid forms represent butterfly eggs (mbey), two red eyes inside the ovoid forms represent the ‘inside’ (wo) of the eggs.