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Abelam bark painting

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The Abelam of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea are known for their bark paintings. This flat painting may represent an nggwalndu, an ancestor spirit. The arms and legs are typically represented with W or M forms and pointed ovals are used to render the head. Various iconographic symbols...

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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Abelam peoples, Papua New Guinea, 20th century

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 150 x 79 cm (59 1/16 x 31 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

bark, paint


Africa and Oceania