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Title

Armband

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Armbands and wristbands were made across the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. They were constructed using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven and plaited using a variety of intricate and ingenious patterns. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

This armband consists of an outer plaited band, with an inner bark coil giving support to the delicate cane structure. It is heavily patinated with a coating of smoke and, most likely, pig's fat.


Details


Place where the work was made

Western Highlands Province Papua New Guinea


Date

mid 20th century


Media categories

Weaving , Jewellery


Materials used

plaited rattan, bark inner coil


Dimensions

plaited armband: 8.2 cm diam.; 8.5 cm width inner bark armband: 7.7 cm diam.; 8.6 cm width


Credit

Gift of Peter Sack 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

215.2016.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Western Highlands Province