Omie mountains and beaks of the Papuan Hornbill. The lines that run through the work are known as orriseegéor ‘pathways’ and provide a compositional framework for the design. The large zig-zags are dahoru’e, the design of the Ömie mountains. The smaller zig-zags within the dahoru’e are buborianö’e, the beaks of the Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus). In one version of the story of how the first Ömie ancestors emerged onto the surface of the earth from Awai’i underground cave, a man used his hornbill beak forehead adornment as a tool to chisel his way through the rock and into the light of the world.
*This work is one of the last painting Aspasia painted before she passed away.