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Nawa ceremony mask design
1973

Medium
gouache on black paper
Measurements
100.8 × 72.0 cm (image and sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Bangwis village, Washkuk Hills, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
2001.473
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
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Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Hamikwa totemic. The painting is a highly stylised representation of a design painted on Nawa masks worn during Nawa ceremony. Nawa ceremony is the most ancient of all rituals in Kwoma cultures.