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Wangiiriimu'kiipiika (Yena ceremonial sculpture)
1973

Medium
earth pigments, synthethic polymer paint and natural pigments on wood
Measurements
192.2 × 31.6 × 24.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
2001.435
Department
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
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Sculpture which is displayed in men's house during performances of Yena ceremony represents stylised head with delineated eyes, nose and mouth. Yena sculptures depict spirits believed to guarantee the continuing fertility of the yam gardens.