Dohoru'e by Botha Kimmikimmi (Hirokiki)

Details of Dohoru'e

Catalog Number : 838742
Size : 113cm x 52cm
Medium : Natural Pigments On Nioge (barkcloth)
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About Dohoru'e
Dahoru'e, buborianoo'e tuboore une ohu'o sabu ahe.
Omie mountains, beaks of the Papuan Hornbill, eggs of the Dwarf Cassowary and spots of the wood-boring grub.
The lines that run through the work are known as orriseege or 'pathways' and provice a compositional framework for the desing.
The large zig-zagging diamonds are dahoru'e, the design of the Omie mountains.
The rows of small black triangles like sawtooths at their edges are buboriano'e, the beaks of the Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus). In one verson of the story of how the first Omie Ancestors emerged onto the surface of the earth from Awai'i underground cave at Vavagom 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.
The cross-hatch design in tuboru une, teh design of the egg of the Dwarf Cassowary (casuarius bennetti)/ Cassowary eggs are an important seasonal food source for Omie people.
The spots within the orriseege and dahoru'e are a design called sabu ahe representing the spots which can be seen on the sides of a wood boring grub. This grub is sacred to Omie people as it plays an important part within the creation story of how Huvaimo (Mount Lamington) came to be volcanic. It is tradition soru'e (tattoo design) which was most commonly tattooed running in one line under both eyes. Today it is applied to Omie people's faces for dance performances with natural pigments.