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Title

Belt

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


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, wood


Dimensions

9.5 cm width; 12.4 width incl. wood ends; 83.0 cm length approx.


Credit

Gift of Peter Sack 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

219.2016



Place

Where the work was made
Western Highlands Province