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Butötudë (Spiderweb)

natural pigments on nioge (woman's barkcloth skirt)
118.5 × 89.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Godibehi village, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2006
© The artist, courtesy Ömie Nemiss Incorporated
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
The painting depicts spiderweb which is very powerful in Ömie culture. It is the symbol of the defense of Ömie land against the agression of the Orokaivans from the lowlands. The Ömie forest can in many parts be festooned by enormous spider webs.