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Title

Rimbu (ceremonial headdress)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

'Rimbu' was a powerful spirit cult practiced by several groups across the southern highlands, in particular the Kewa and Anganen people. It is thought to have arrived in the Mendi Valley in the early 1900s. Ritual knowledge was bought and sold by powerful men and different forms of 'rimbu' were celebrated. The cult involved constructing spirit houses, playing bamboo flutes ('the talk of the spirits'), reciting sacred words and sacrificing and eating pigs. 'Rimbu' was held to increase the health and fertility of people, pigs and gardens, and engaged a wide pantheon of spirits. It was an exclusively male endeavour with women and children excluded.

[Exhibition text for 'Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands', AGNSW, 2014]


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial hat


Cultural origin

Kewa people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1964


Media category

Mixed media


Materials used

coil-woven rattan, plant fibre, red and blue pigments, white clay


Dimensions

75.0 x 48.5 x 30.0 cm :

0 - Whole; 75 cm

0 - Whole; 48.5 cm

0 - Whole; 30 cm


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

247.1977



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 28 (illus.), 49. cat.no. H9

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 99 (colour illus.), 161. cat.no. 43