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Kandep, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

Yupini (fertility figure)
Other titles:
Male fertility figure
Place of origin
KandepEnga ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Kandepe people
collected 1971
Media categories
Weaving, Ceremonial object, Mixed media
Materials used
coiled plant fibre coated with pig grease, cowrie shells, Job's Tears (Coix lacryma-jobi) seeds, bird skull, machine-wove cotton fabric, dried plant leaves, red and white pigments, cassowary feathers, plant fibre string

121.5 x 49.0 x 27.0 cm overall:

b - headdress; 21 x 22 x 25 cm

a - figure; 100.5 x 49 x 27 cm

Purchased 1971
Accession number
Not on display
Bibliography (6)

Willibald Blank, Anthropos, 'Ein Fruchtbarkeitsidol aus dem westlichen Hochland von Neuguinea', pg. 907-08, Sankt Augustin, 1963. General reference to 'yupin' plaited fibre figures. Reproduction of 'yupin' figure in the collection of the Anthropos Institute.

Heinz Christian Dosedla, Abhandlungen und Berichte des Staatlichen Museums fur Volkerkunde Dresden [Band 41], 'Kultfiguren aus Flechtwerk im zentralen Hochland von PNG', pg. 86-98, Berlin, 1984. General reference to 'timbu wara' and 'yupin' plaited fibre figures.

Philip Gibbs, Anthropos, 'The Kepele Ritual of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea', pg. 434-448, Sankt Augustin, 1978. General reference to 'yupin' plaited fibre figures and description of the Kepele Ritual.

Roger Neich, Records (vol. 1, no. 2), 'Basketwork fertility figures from the Western Enga and nearby groups, Western and Southern Highlands, New Guinea', pg. 33-62, Wellington, 25 Nov 1975, 37 (illus.), 44-45, 48 (illus.). figure no. 8 and figure no. 9

David Said, OAS Newsletter, 'Exclusive showing of the Moriarty PNG Highlands art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 2-3, Sydney, Jan 2007, 2 (illus.).

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 42. 13 The Highlands

Exhibition history (1)

Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Oct 1974 -