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An image of Mattock for digging barets (ditches) by

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

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

blade: 17.8 cm width x 64.8 cm length:

0 - Whole; 17.8 cm

0 - Whole; 64.8 cm

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Accession number
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. 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 -

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