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Title

Wristband


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This large woven wristband was worn by men, usually in pairs high on the forearm, and was donned only on special occasions.

Wristbands were made using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven using a herringbone pattern. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

Older wristbands, such as the one collected by Stan Moriarty in Poroma in 1969, are commonly dark brown, stained by smoke.

[see Paul Sillitoe, 'Made in Niugini: technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', British Museum, London, 1988]


Details


Cultural origin

Kewa people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1969


Media category

Weaving


Materials used

plaited split rattan


Dimensions

17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter


Credit

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

802.1979



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Paul Sillitoe, Made in Niugini: Technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, London, 1988. see pages 426-427 for description of these wristbands

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 107 (colour illus.), 162. cat.no. 54