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mid 20th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Western Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    probably Wahgi people
    mid 20th century
    Media categories
    Weaving , Jewellery
    Materials used
    plaited rattan, wood
    9.5 cm width; 12.4 width incl. wood ends; 83.0 cm length approx.
    Gift of Peter Sack 2016
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics
  • About

    Waistbands and belts were worn by both men and women across the central and southern highlands of Papua New Guinea, in particular by the Wahgi people. Made by men, 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.

    Belts such as this were usually worn over a larger coil of heavy bark, which protected the delicate nature of this popular form of body adornment. They could be easily removed by the wearer, by unfurling the coiled form.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Western Highlands Province