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This Artwork is part of Koskela's current exhibition Spirit in Bark: A Celebration of Bark Art from Across Oceania, featuring a collection of works from Elcho Island Arts, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Omie Artists.
Pennyrose has painted the customary barkcloth design of hartu’e, representing the pendant of a necklace made from the breastbone of a cassowary. She was taught to paint this design by her mother Kiadora, who learnt from her mother, Pennyrose’s grandmother, Suwo. Originally, “in the times of the ancestors” the pendant was created from a shell which was obtained the from coastal tribes of Oro Province by means of trade and they also collected them from the beach.
These days the hartu’e ‘shell’ pendant is fashioned from the breastbone of the cassowary to replicate the shell. Hartu’e have mouthpieces behind the shell which dancers bite to display in their mouths during ceremonial dance performances. The border and line that runs through the middle of the work are known as orriseegé or ‘pathways’ and provide a compositional framework for the design. The black rows of triangles are dahoru’e, the design of the Ömie mountains.
Title: Hartu’e ohu’o sabu ahe (Customary shell necklace and spots of the wood-boring grub
Artist: Pennyrose Sosa
Medium: Natural pigments on nioge (barkcloth)
Dimensions (cm): 113 x 53cm
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: 15-088
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