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Magiyakow (Millipede)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
120.6 × 85.8 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
Iconography: Teeki totem. The painting depicts the black millipede. Two heart-shaped representations of the millipede's face (head) shown twice, once in the upper half of the bark and once in mirror reflection, in the lower half. Each face is outlined by a heart-shaped solid white line.