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Title

Timbu wara

circa 1960s
collected 1971


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Flat woven anthropomorphic figures - timbuwarra - 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 to.


Details


Other Titles

Southern Highlands spirit figure

Timbuwarra

Timbuwara


Cultural origin

Wiru people


Dates

circa 1960s
collected 1971


Materials used

woven vegetable fibre, cane, red and blue pigments


Dimensions

97.0 x 114.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Margaret Tuckson 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

18.2005



Place

Where the work was made
Pangia

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Lynn Chua, Microchemical Journal, 'FTIR and Raman microscopy of organic binders and extraneous organic materials on painted ceremonial objects from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', pg. 246-256, Amsterdam, 2017, 248, 249.

Heinz Christian Dosedla, Abhandlungen und Berichte des Staatlichen Museums fur Volkerkunde Dresden [Band 41], 'Kultfiguren aus Flechtwerk im zentralen Hochland von PNG', pg. 86-98, Berlin, 1984. General reference to 'timbuwarra' and 'yupin' plaited fibre figures.

Heinz Christian Dosedla, Tribus, 'Kunst und Kunstler im zentralen Hochland von Papua-Neuguinea', pg. 87-119, Stuttgart, Sep 1978. General reference to 'timbuwarra' plaited fibre figures, pg. 94-95. Article in German.