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Title

Kembena (bullock-horn wig)

mid 20th century
collected 1968


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Place where the work was made

Porgera Enga Province Papua New Guinea


Cultural origin

Ipili people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1968


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

human hair, Superb Bird of Paradise breast shield (Lophorina superba), feathers, cuscus fur, cut and incised plant stems, split bamboo, dried flowers, paper, red seedpods, rattan, wood, plaited plant fibres


Dimensions

70.0 x 13.0 x 19.0 cm (excluding feathers)


Credit

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

286.1978



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 53. cat.no. H124

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 97 (colour illus.), 161. cat.no. 40

Natalie Wilson, Hunting the collectors: Pacific collections in Australian museums, art galleries and archives, '(Works of) paradise and yet: Stanley Gordon Moriarty, Tony Tuckson and the collection of Oceanic Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 221-241, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2007, 234 (illus.). figure 3: Moriarty Collection card M1791