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Mima bodii fruit

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
121.6 × 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 bright red mature fruit of the ‘female’ (mima) variety of bodii tree, one of the artist’s totems. The bright red fruits are represented by the three pairs of black roundels positioned at the top, centre and bottom of the design respectively. Two large black ovoid forms in the centre of the bark represent the tree’s trunk, and two serpentine white lines that wind around the fruit and trunk are the branches from which the fruit hang.