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May boga (Taro plant)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
104.1 × 70.9 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 may boga, a variety of taro plant with an edible corm. Each of the barks displays one of the plant’s large heart-shaped leaves. The four leaves are connected in the centre of the design to the plant’s edible corm represented by the black roundel outline in yellow, white and red.