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An image of Decorated male figure by

Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Decorated male figure
Place of origin
KainantuEastern Highlands ProvincePapua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Tairora people
mid 20th century
collected 1966
Media categories
Mixed media, Sculpture
Materials used
wood, cassowary feathers (Casuarius), parrot feathers, pig tusks, marsupial fur, nassa shells (Nassarius), sedge grass, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), rattan, bamboo, natural and synthetic pigments (red, white and black), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), glass mirror shards, iron nails, cotton fabric, plastic

164.0 x 57.0 x 27.0 cm:

a - figure; 154 cm; height approx.

b - bilum; 98 x 43 cm; bag overall, tapa decoration 77.0cm length

c - black bead neck decoration; 17 cm; width

d - plaited string neck piece; 28 x 40 cm; length overall

e - sedge grass skirt; 20 cm

f - coix seed neck decoration; 66 cm

g - barkcloth head decoration; 60 cm

h - bamboo ear decoration - left; 83 cm

i - bamboo ear decoration - right

Purchased 1977
Accession number
© Tairora 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. H63

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 147 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. 89

Exhibition history (2)

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

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