Sepik Sago spathe bark painting
Sago palm spathe and pigment, of rectangular shape, decorated with abstract design, possibly a clan spirit with face,painted in black, yellow and white pigment. L124cm.
In areas of New Guinea decorative panels such as the present example were traditionally fitted onto the ceiling of the men’s ceremonial house. These buildings tended to be the largest structures in any given settlement and acted as the foci for religious ceremonies, group discussion and decision making. As such, they also were the primary centre for the creation and display of painting and sculpture. Strong colours, some damage attributable to age and use. 20th Century.
Ex Michael Hamson
Ex Uk Collection