(Papua New Guinea)
144.0 x 77.0 x 1.8cm
Flat woven anthropomorphic figures - timbu wara - from the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea were kept in spirit houses, conical-roofed structures built some distance from the village, and apparently were associated with fertility and spirits. In ceremony they were carried or were pinned to the tall red wig worn by men. This practice was locally described as 'female pinned by a penis to the wig'.
'Exclusive showing of the Moriarty PNG Highlands art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales' by David Said, pg. 2-3., OAS Newsletter Jan 2007, Jan 2007, 3 (illus.).
'Timbu wara figures from Pangia, Papua New Guinea' by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew Strathern, pg. 65-77., Records of the South Australian Museum 2001, 2001. General reference to 'timbu wara' plaited plant fibre figures.
'Kultfiguren aus Flechtwerk im zentralen Hochland von PNG' by Heinz Christian Dosedla, pg. 86-98., Abhandlungen und Berichte des Staatlichen Museums fur Volkerkunde Dresden [Band 41] 1984, 1984. General reference to 'timbu wara' and 'yupin' plaited fibre figures. Figure no. 4 reproduces a similar 'timbu wara' figure from Pangia (Wiru) from the collection of the Peabody Museum, Salem, Mass, USA, Inv.No. E56766
'Kunst und Kunstler im zentralen Hochland von Papua-Neuguinea' by Heinz Christian Dosedla, pg. 87-119., Tribus Sep 1978, Sep 1978. General reference to 'timbu wara' plaited fibre figures, pg. 94-95. Article in German.
Tony Tuckson (Egypt; England; Australia, b.1921, d.1973) (Author), Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Domain, 1973, 28 (illus.), 49. cat.no. H5
Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 19 Oct 1974 -.