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Linda-Grace has painted sor’e, Ömie tattoo designs taught to her by her mother-in-law Fate Savari (Isawdi). The ‘trees’ are sprouting mahudan’e (pig’s tusks) and mahu ane bios’e (pig’s teeth). Pig’s tusks and teeth are the traditional form of wealth for Ömie people and are often used for brideprice. Bare trees are erected in the village amoré (central danceground) to display the brideprice gifts for marriage ceremonies. The ‘tree’ are also sprouting hin’e baje ohu’o han’e, the fruit of the mustard plant which are used to dip into the lime gourd and aids in the chewing of betelnut, a very important Ömie social custom known as hai’ue. Between the “trees” are repetitious lines representing nyoni han’e, fern leaves. The border or oriseegé (pathway) provides a compositional framework for the design.
Title: Mahudanö’e, mahu ane bios’e, hin’e baje ohu’o nyoni han’e (Pig's tusks and teeth, fruit of the mustard plant and fern leaves
Artist: Linda-Grace Savari (Majaré)
Medium: Appliquéd mud-dyed nioge (barkcloth)
Dimensions (cm): 120.5 x 91cm
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: 18-047
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