(Papua New Guinea)
133.0 x 86.0 x 8.5cm
Flat woven anthropomorphic figures - known as timbu wara - from the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea were kept in spirit houses, conical-roofed structures built some distance from the village, and apparently were associated with fertility and spirits. In ceremony they were carried or were pinned to the tall red wig worn by men. This practice was locally described as 'female pinned by a penis to the wig'.
Collector Stanley Moriarty refers to it as a female figure representing a dead wife intended for relatives and friends to pay their respects.
Chris Boylan and Greta North, The world of tribal arts, 'Highlands Art of New Guinea', pg. 73-83, San Francisco, Winter 1997, 83 (colour illus.). fig.no. 25