17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter
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]
Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 107 (colour illus.), 162. cat.no. 54
Paul Sillitoe, Made in Niugini: Technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, London, 1988. see pages 426-427 for description of these wristbands
Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014