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Maway, Shooting star

earth pigment and plant extracts on sago palm prong
106.4 × 68.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
inscribed in red paint extract u.c.l.: YATI
inscribed in red paint extract (inverted) l.c.: YATI
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
Iconography: not totemic. The painting depicts a shooting star. Kwoma people believe that a shooting star is the soul of a prominent man travelling to its final resting place immediately after his death.