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Maway, Shooting star
1988

Medium
earth pigment and plant extracts on sago palm prong
Measurements
106.4 × 68.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
2001.423
Department
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
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.