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Title

Koráy mabe (boy's loincloth)

mid 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Simbu (Chimbu) Province Papua New Guinea


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

plant fibre string, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendobrium), 14 pigs' tails, traces of red pigment


Dimensions

18.5 cm width; 28.5 cm length string panel; 50.0 cm length incl. pigs' tails and fringe


Credit

Gift of Peter Sack 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

223.2016



Place

Where the work was made
Simbu (Chimbu) Province