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Title

Looped string hat

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The technique of looping plant fibre string is commonly used for the production of string bags, or 'bilum', across the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, however it is also used to create long aprons worn by men on ceremonial occasions. Looped plant fibre string caps are also produced and worn by women, the front edge often lined with cowrie shells which have been halved and with hanging pendants of bivalve mollusc shells.

A wooden figure collected by Stan Moriarty at Okapa in the Eastern Highlands region, carved and dressed to represent a deceased female relative, wears a cap with three shell pendants, together with a necklace strung with nine large bivalve mollusc shells.


Details


Cultural origin

possibly Fore people


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

plant fibre string, cowrie shells, bivalve mollux shell


Dimensions

17.0 cm height, including shell edging; 20.5 cm diam. at head opening


Credit

Gift of Peter Sack 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

220.2016



Place

Where the work was made
Okapa District