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Rimbu (ceremonial headdress)

collected 1967


Wiru people

Papua New Guinea

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Ceremonial hat
    Place where the work was made
    Pangia Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Wiru people
    collected 1967
    Media category
    Ceremonial object
    Materials used
    cane, fibre, red, blue, white pigment
    Purchased 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Wiru people

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Rimbu' was a powerful spirit cult practiced by several groups across the southern highlands, in particular the Kewa, Wiru and Anganen people. It is thought to have arrived in the Mendi Valley in the early 1900s. Ritual knowledge was bought and sold by powerful men and different forms of 'rimbu' were celebrated.

    The cult involved constructing spirit houses, playing bamboo flutes ('the talk of the spirits'), reciting sacred words and sacrificing and eating pigs. Special ritual headdresses were also constructed and worn by men. 'Rimbu' was held to increase the health and fertility of people, pigs and gardens, and engaged a wide pantheon of spirits. It was an exclusively male endeavour with women and children excluded.

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    Where the work was made


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