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Aenkiya nuw (plaited rattan bag)

early 20th century
collected 1969


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Billum bag, carried by old men
    Woven cane bag
    Aenkiya nuw (Cane-bamboo bag)
    Haeriya nuw (Cane-bamboo bag)
    Tog nuw (Peeled-off bag)
    Place where the work was made
    Nipa Nipa-Kutubu District Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Wola people
    early 20th century
    collected 1969
    Media category
    Materials used
    plaited split rattan, looped plant-fibre string strap and side seams
    33.0 x 24.2 x 3.8 cm plaited bag; 54.0 x 7.5 cm strap :

    0 - Whole, 33 x 24.2 x 3.8 cm, plaited bag, without strap

    0 - Whole, 54 cm (21 1/4"), looped string strap

    0 - Whole, 7.5 cm (2 15/16"), looped string strap

    Purchased 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Wola people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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  • About

    The 'aenkiya nuw' was carried by Wola men during dances and ceremonial exchanges, and was used to carry tobacco pipes and other accessories. It is plaited from fine strips of rattan, giving it a rigid form. The seams and
    straps were sourced from old string bags obtained from female relatives. The netting required many hours of repair before it could be stitched to the woven sheet.

    A new 'aenkiya nuw' took up to 11 hours to complete, and decorations might include an edging of pigs' tails, or lengths of plaited chain links, known as 'pubung'. This 'aenkiya nuw', collected by Stan Moriarty in 1969, has an exquisitely delicate surface with subtle nuances of colour and tone throughout the weave.

    [Exhibition text for 'Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands', AGNSW, 2014]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications