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Title

Decorated female figure

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Cultural origin

Tairora people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Media categories

Mixed media , Sculpture


Materials used

wood, quartz stone, dark brown machine-made yarn, iron nails, rattan, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), plant fibre string, barkcloth, shells, cotton, pig tusk, synthetic pigments (yellow, green, black and red), sedge grass, feathers, marsupial fur, plaited split rattan, animal bone, cassowary claws (Casuarius)


Dimensions

151.0 x 40.0 x 27.0 cm :

a - figure; 148 cm; height approx

b - coix seed waist decoration; 46 cm; (2 sections)

c - plaited fibre waist decoration; 30 x 22 cm; at waist

d - grass lap lap; 39 x 30 cm; diam. approx.

e - looped plant-fibre string and barkcloth loincloth; 60 x 50 cm; length

f - shell and black seed necklace; 27 cm; length

g - barkcloth head adornment; 43 x 22 cm; length

h - coix seed necklace; 78 cm; height

i - neck decoration with armbands; 65 cm

j - cane ringlet necklace; 58 cm

k - barkcloth loincloth; 25 cm


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

304.1977.a-k



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 32 (illus.), 51. cat.no. H64

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 146 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. cat.no. 88