boerenzakdoek papoea nieuw guinea
red . black . white . yellow . symbols
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009

papua new guinea

since 1971

In the hoist, it depicts the Southern Cross; in the fly, a raggiana bird of paradise is silhouetted. The designer of the flag was 15 year old schoolgirl Susan Huhume who won a nationwide competition for a new flag design in 1971. Red and black have long been traditional colours of many Papua New Guinean tribes. Black-white-red was the colour of the German Empire's flag, which had colonised New Guinea prior to 1918. The bird of paradise is also found on the national coat-of-arms.

source: wikipedia