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earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
137.7 × 69.6 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 a centipede, one of the artist’s totems. The large black ovoid form (with concave sides) in the centre of the design is the long narrow body. The solid red on either side of this ovoid form represent the centipede’s reddish colour. The black roundels flanking the body outlined by concentric yellow, white and red lines correspond to its two ‘eyes’. The multicoloured chevrons bordering the solid areas of red depict its numerous short legs, white hooks depicts its mouth, and the red hook forms (enclosed) depict the teeth.