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An image of Yupini (fertility figure) by

Laiagam, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

Yupini (fertility figure)
Other titles:
Male Yupin figure
Figure, Upin or Kepil idol, male
Place of origin
LaiagamEnga ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Enga people
collected 1964
Media categories
Weaving, Ceremonial object
Materials used
woven, coiled and plaited plant fibre, yellow, red and white pigments, iron nails

83.0 x 46.0 x 30.0 cm

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Accession number
© Enga people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Not on display
Bibliography (8)

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

Chris Boylan and Greta North, The world of tribal arts, 'Highlands Art of New Guinea', pg. 73-83, San Francisco, Winter 1997, 82 (colour illus.). 23

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 'yupini' 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 'yupini' plaited fibre figures and description of the Kepele Ritual.

Danièle Giraudy, Art Papou: Austronésiens et Papous de Nouvelle-Guinée, Paris, 2000, 211 (colour illus.), 323. 196; titled "Statue Yupin"

Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Christian Kaufmann and Douglas Newton, L'Art Océanien, Paris, 1993, 592 (illus.).

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, 43 (line illus.). figure no. 5

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 36 (illus.), 53. H121

Exhibition history (3)

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 -

Papuan Arts and Civilisation, Musee d'arts Africains, Oceaniens, Amerindiens, 19 Apr 2000–30 Aug 2000