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Pioneer Arts stage 3

The Post PNG Philatelic Bureau issued a first set of postage stamp for 2010, the work of pioneer artist; Jakupa Ako.

Jakupa Ako (known as Jakupa) is also the recipient of an O.B.E, awarded in 1981. Born about 1942 in the Bena Bena region of the Eastern Highlands, his career as an artist began when he worked as a janitor in the newly opened Teachers’ College at Goroko when he began to paint alongside enrolled students. Because his work showed great imagination, Tom Craig, the head of Expressive Arts, offered him a scholarship to Creative Arts Center (later renamed the National Arts School) when Craig became its first director in 1972.

KI.00 – Fishman;
A lengthy image designed of part fish part human circling around a tree kangaroo.

K3.00 – Story Board;
A legendary story board featuring various figures. The dominant figure has two separate bodies joint at the abdomen.

K4.65 – Hunting Trip;
Image of a kid after initiation setting out on a hunting trip to experience manhood.

K6.30 – Warrior;
A cro-Magnon warrior armed with a club in possition to jab, while the other is in reserve directly behind him.

K10.00 – Spirit Mask
An image of a Spirit Mask in vivid colours

KI.00 – Bird Art;
Image of a bird liberating its freedom of flight

K3.00 – Bird Eating;
An image of an imaginary bird feeding on berries.

K4.65 – Bird Nest;
An image of bird constructing a nest

K6.30 – Marsupial;
An image of a Marsupial in full form

Title: Pioneer Arts stage 3
Date of Issue: 13 January 2010
Country: Papua New Guinea
Denominations: K1.00, K3.00, K4.65, K6.30

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  1. Amazing imagination and expression through art here, a very attractive set from Papua New Guinea… I especially love the third stamp in this set, of a boy hunting to experience manhood after initiation, so symbolic…

  2. Yes it an amazing stamp, the miniature sheet is also amazing, bright colors showing aggression.

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