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The border and the lines running through the work are known as orriseegé or ‘pathways’ and provide a compositional framework for the designs.
The triangles/zizags are an important design known as dahoru’e, Ömie mountains. This design relates to the sacred ancestral geography of Ömie territory.
The chequered/crosshatch design is tuböru une, the design of the egg of the Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti). Cassowary eggs are an important seasonal food source for Ömie people.
Title: Dahoru’e ohu’o tubore une (Ömie mountains and eggs of the Dwarf Cassowary)
Artist: Mala Nari (Matosi)
Medium: Natural pigments on nioge (barkcloth)
Dimensions (cm): 115 x 90.5cm
Hanging device: Timber dowel attached (sewn on with fabric) with two wire loops on either end to hang on two screws or nails
Catalogue Number: 13-039
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