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An image of Male figure by

Gimi village, Okapa District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Male figure
Other titles:
Male decoy figure
Place of origin
Gimi villageOkapa DistrictEastern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
probably Fore people
mid 20th century
collected 1964
Media categories
Mixed media, Sculpture
Materials used
wood, iron nails, feathers, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), glass beads, red synthetic pigment, black pigment, nassa shells (Nassarius), pig tusks, coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), black seeds, plant fibre string, barkcloth, split rattan, marsupial fur, looped plant-fibre string, pale red and brown plant dyes, bast fibre, sedge grass

150.0 x 31.0 x 17.0 cm:

a - figure; 150 cm; height

b - barkcloth head adornment; 30 cm; length approx.

c - shell headdress; 31 cm; length

d - pig tusk nose ornament; 12.8 cm; length longest tusk

e - coix seed waist decoration; 18 cm; diameter approx.

f - plant fibre string headdress; 17 cm; length approx.

g - feathered headdress; 31 cm; diameter

h - plaited string waist decoration; 17 cm; diameter

i - grass lap lap; 34 x 25 cm; diameter approx.

j - grass lap lap with double ply string; 25 x 23 cm; length, without handle

k - black bead waist decoration; 20 cm

l - bilum; 31 cm

Purchased 1977
Accession number
© 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. H61

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 145 (colour illus.), 163. 87

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