Bibra Hinana

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Bibra Hinana
b. 1987 Inae raje, Gora
Oje – doors
102 x 69 cm
$1,490

This is just not any door, but the special women’s menstrual house door. Fertility and menstruation are important aspects of Omie iconography. They are still considered polluting.

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Bibra Hinana
b. 1987 Inae raje, Gora
Ujava’ajahe Oje – steps to the menstrual house door
123 x 68 cm
$1,790

This tapa represents the steps to the menstruation house. Fertility and menstruation are important aspects of Omie iconography. As in many more patrilineal and patriarchal cultures in PNG women removed themselves during menstruation because it was believed to be polluting. The Omie still practice some aspects of this tradition today, particularly in child birth.

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