Decorative architectural panel of mesbark which was formerly attached either to the gable on the outside of a men’s house or attached to the roof on the inside. The bark sheet has been peeled from the full circumference of a tree and flattened out as best as possible. It has then been painted in black and over painted with curvilinear motifs in white, red and yellow paint. The general structure of these motifs is three columns of five lenticular forms with teardrop shapes between, and pointed trimming. The panel represents totemic protectors of the men’s house.
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