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Collection

An image of Mattock for digging barets (ditches) by

Mount Elimbari, Simbu (Chimbu) Province, Papua New Guinea

Title
Mattock for digging barets (ditches)
Other titles:
Barrett spade
Matock
Mattock for digging "barets"
Place of origin
Mount ElimbariSimbu (Chimbu) ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Chuave language group
Year
collected 1966
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
wood, cane
Dimensions

blade: 17.8 cm width x 64.8 cm length:

0 - Whole; 17.8 cm (7")

0 - Whole; 64.8 cm (25 1/2")

Credit
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Accession number
244.1978
Location
Not on display
Further information

A 'baret kaukau' is a sweet potato planted in 2-4 m beds on a rectangular grid of ditches, a method characteristic of Western Highlands to the east of Mt Hagen town and much of Chimbu.

Bibliography (1)

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 52. cat.no. H83; titled 'Mattock, for digging "barets"'

Exhibition history (2)

Loan exhibition of Native art from the private collection previously not displayed of Mr S G Moriarty, Gallery Stephen Kellner, Australia, 15 Sep 1966–06 Oct 1966

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