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An image of Decorated female figure by

Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Decorated female 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, 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)

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

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, 32 (illus.), 51. H64

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 146 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. 88

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