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Apojin (Green parrot)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
143.2 × 70.8 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 green parrot subject in this painting is one of the many varieties of fruit-eating birds found in the hills of Washkuk. The bird is represented highly schematically with only its outstretched wings and torso depicted. The wings are represented by the three pairs of red heart-shaped forms outlined in white and arranged in a column: one at the top of the bark, one in the centre and one closer to the bottom. The bird’s body is represented by small roundels outlined in each yellow or white distributed along the design’s central long axis.