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An image of Kak (wide bark belt) by
Alternate image of Kak (wide bark belt) by

Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Kak (wide bark belt)
Other titles:
Man's belt
Place of origin
Mount HagenWestern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Melpa people
mid 20th century
collected 1963
Media category
Mixed media
Materials used
coiled tree bark, incised designs, red and white natural pigments, plant fibre cord

overall bark 174.0 cm length, approx.; 24.7 to 26.0 cm diameter, variable; 16.1 cm width:

0 - Whole; 16.1 cm; width of bark at widest point

0 - Whole; 174 cm; length of bark, approx.

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
Accession number
© Melpa people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
Not on display
Bibliography (2)

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 54. H128

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 121 (colour illus.), 162. 66

Exhibition history (1)

Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014