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Gawukubu, python spirit

earth and natural pigments on sago palm petiole
120.5 × 69.2 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
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Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Teeki totem. The four black pointed ovals arranged in a column in the centre of the design depict, from the top, the animal's 'heart' (mesek), 'lung' (hiiriibu), 'gall bladder' (wopu), and 'kidney' (magir wuwu silk). The two large kidney-shaped forms outlined in white, yellow and red on two sides of the design are the animal's skin (sapi).