This is wonderful Bark Painting from Papua New Guinea. Throughout New Guinea, men’s ceremonial houses were, and in many places still are, the primary focus for painting and sculpture and they are generally the largest and most sacred buildings in the village, rising high above the ordinary dwellings that surround them. Paintings are made on sheets of bark or sago petioles, the bark-like bases of the leaves of the sago palm tree, which are trimmed and flattened to create a flat roughly rectangular surface that tapers slightly according to the natural form of the tree. Each painting represents a specific animal, plant, object, supernatural being, or other phenomenon associated with one of the village clans, When completed, the paintings are tied to the rafters on the underside of the ceiling with lengths of split cane. In general however, there is no prescribed arrangement. Instead the works form a stunning visual patchwork of clan symbols, evoking the strength, unity, and identity of the village clans, whose members gather on the earthen floor beneath them to perform religious rites or initiation ceremonies, hold meetings, or casually socialize. A wonderful Item to add to your home or collection.
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53 1/4 Inches Tall
16 Inches Wide
9 1/4 Inches Wide Bottom
2 Inches Deep
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