Lot: 45

Bark painting

Papua New Guinea - Washkuk Hills, Kwoma

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 62.2 inch;
B: 18.1 inch
1500 EUR / 3000 EUR

sago palm leaf-sheath, pigments, on velvet-covered plate This bark painting once decorated a Kwoma men's house "wayipanal". The majority of the barks on display in a men's house represent totemic animals, plants and other entities belonging to the clans that own the structure.

Bowden, Ross, Bark Painting in the Washkuk Hills of North New Guinea, Melbourne 2006, p. 10 ff.