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Koráy mabe (man's loincloth)

mid 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Simbu (Chimbu) Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    probably Golin people
    mid 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    plant fibre string, 23 pigs' tails
    33.0 cm width; 54.5 cm length string panel; 92.0 cm length incl. pigs' tails and fringe
    Gift of Peter Sack 2016
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Simbu (Chimbu) people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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  • About

    Across the highlands of New Guinea, loincloths were worn in former times by boys of a certain age and men, suspended from the waist through a belt made from wide bands of bark, or from woven and plaited waistbands.

    This particularly fine example consists of a central panel of woven plant fibre string, with a lower fringe of 23 pig's tails, denoting the wealth and status of its maker.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Simbu (Chimbu) Province