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Maway (Shooting star)

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
106.4 × 68.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
inscribed in red paint u.c.l.: YATI
inscribed (inverted) in red paint 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
Physical description
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.