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Title

Rimbu (ceremonial headdress)

collected 1967


Artist

Wiru people

Papua New Guinea


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.


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial hat


Cultural origin

Wiru people


Date

collected 1967


Media category

Ceremonial object


Materials used

cane, fibre, red, blue, white pigment


Dimensions

38.1


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

245.1977


Artist information

Wiru people

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Pangia