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East Sepik Province (Papua New Guinea)

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[East Sepik Province (Papua New Guinea)] image by Mark Sensen

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In the upper right quarter, a yellow bird of paradise (representing the national flag) is set over a red background. In the lower left quarter, a haus tambaran (for the hill and plains people), crocodile (for the river people), shark (for the coast people), kundu and garamut drums, spear and lime pot (representing culture) are set over a green background. Source: PNG: A fact book on modern Papua New Guinea, Jackson Rannells, Oxford University Press (Melbourne), 1990.
David Cohen
, 31 July 1999

A very minor point according to the cover of Rannells' book. There is more detail in the lower left device... I could post you an enlargement?
David Cohen
, 1 August 1999

My source:

Triangle jaune portant des marques rouges en haut et vertes en bas. Oval blanc borde vert. Crocodile et requin blancs. Deux cercles blancs. Lance jaune. Pointe avec anneau blanc. A la base de triangle, mitif jaune avec chevron et taches verts. Sous la lance, motif jaune trait sinueaux rouge.

Mark Sensen, 31 July 1999

This one is illustrated in Crampton 1990 by means of a photo of a real flag, and shows a darker shade of green, quite close to the Portuguese green.
Jorge Candeias
, 2 August 1999

I know, I have the book myself. But I followed the colour-codes of the source mentioned in my first post. For East Sepik "V" is given, where for others shades are clearly indicated, e.g. "V+" (Milne Bay, Simbu), "B+" (North Solomons), "B++" (New Ireland) and "B-" (East New Britain).
Mark Sensen
, 2 August 1999