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Laiagam, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea

Yupini (fertility figure)
Other titles:
Yupin figure
Figure, Upin with male and female organs
Yupin with male and female organs
Place of origin
LaiagamEnga ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Yandapu people
mid 20th century
collected 1963
Media categories
Mixed media, Ceremonial object
Materials used
coiled vine and rattan, plaited 2-ply plant fibre, dried plant fibre decoration, dried bracken

51.0 x 23.5 x 18.0 cm figure:

0 - Whole; 51 cm (20 1/16"); width of figure excluding plant fibres

0 - Whole; 23.5 cm (9 1/4"); width of figure including plant fibre (approx.)

0 - Whole; 34 cm (13 3/8")

0 - Whole; 18 cm (7 1/16")

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Accession number
© Yandapu people, under the endorsement of PIMA's 'Code of Ethics'
Not on display
Bibliography (5)

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

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

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, 42, 43 (illus.). figure no. 4

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 36 (illus.), 53. H122