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Aposiibiiruka (Butterfly)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
138.8 × 69.3 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 the insects by means of its wings (chepi) and a stylised anthropomorphic ‘face’ (misoma). The face shown twice - in the upper half of the design and reflected across a horizontal mirror line in the lower half, each face has a pair of large black eyes, nose (sumojii) in the form of a black pointed oval outlined in white and bisected by a yellow bar and a carved mouth (kuja).