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Title

Female figure

mid 20th century
collected 1967


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Cultural origin

Wiru people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1967


Materials used

wood, yellow and red ochre pigments, blue natural pigment (vivianite), human hair, cassowary feathers (Casuarius), gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), feather shaft, plant fibre string, black seeds, machine-made beads, plastic, mollusc shell, gold-lipped oyster shell (Pinctada maxima), pig tail, plaited split rattan, plant resin, bamboo, stone, sedge grass


Dimensions

110.0 x 50.0 x 29.0 cm figure; 29.0 x 31.0 x 8.5 cm basket; bamboo 18.0 cm length


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

242.1977.a-c



Place

Where the work was made
Pangia

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Lynn Chua, Microchemical Journal, 'FTIR and Raman microscopy of organic binders and extraneous organic materials on painted ceremonial objects from the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', pg. 246-256, Amsterdam, 2017, 248, 250.

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 27 (illus.), 49. cat.no. H4

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 142 (colour illus.), 163. cat.no. 84