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Koráy mabe (boy'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, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendobrium), 14 pigs' tails, traces of red pigment
    18.5 cm width; 28.5 cm length string panel; 50.0 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 fine example consists of a central panel of woven plant fibre string, interwoven with striking flashes of yellow orchid stems, and with a lower fringe of 14 pig's tails, and would have been worn by a young Simbu boy who had reached a certain age and left the care of his mother to join the men of his village, living in the men's house until his marriage.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Simbu (Chimbu) Province