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Yopomeshe, hoposhopo (Yopomeshe, the caterpillar)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
131.1 × 66.9 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
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Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The brightly coloured caterpillar (hoposhopo) named yopomeshe depicted in this painting is one of the largest found in the Washkuk Hills. The yopomeshe caterpillar is possibly the larval form of one of the giant Birdwing butterflies that abound in this region. In this painting, the four black pointed ovals represent different segments of the caterpillar’s body. The yellow triangles outlined in white and red on the two sides depict its many short legs (yatii).