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Naniikwi, a Nokwi yam harvest spirit
(c. 1970)

earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on wood, sap, shell, human hair
138.0 × 26.1 × 23.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melawei village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Michael J. Ball, Governor, 2001
Gallery location
Not on display
The sculpture is one of the three types of carved figures displayed during Nokwi ceremonies, one of the types of ceremonies performed annually in association with the harvest of yam, a staple food of the Kwoma people. Nokwi sculptures depict powerful female spirits, each of which has a personal name like this one. The figure is highly stylised carved female figure with a pointed circular design on its stomach.