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Ikewa Plaque (Gogodala):
Ikewa Plaque (Gogodala)
A Gogodala plaque (ikewa)
is in the form of a thin oval plaque and has its perimeter decorated with a black triangular pattern and stitched with cane; A light patina. Material: wood (ukulu), cane, pigments; height: 810mm; width: 190mm.
Provenance:
Collected at the Longhouse at Kini, Western District, Aramia in 1989. Private Collection.
The gawa tao of the artist (or his mother) has been interpreted to be the insignia of the Lawi of the Wagumisi clan.
Discussion:
See 'Crawford, A.L. 1981' - The floor joist (cat.215) shows a good example of the Lawi insignia of the Wagumisi clan.
Comparison:
See 'Crawford, A.L. 1981' - (pp.322-6) for comparison plaques.
Artefact Code: ML0059
New Guinea showing the region of the Gogodala people between the Aramia River and the Fly River Estuary

Map 1: New Guinea and the region of the Gogodala between the Aramia River and the Fly River Estuary in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea


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