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Kolkol OR watumbiy (shoulder shield)

mid 20th century
collected 1969



Papua New Guinea

  • Details

    Other Title
    Shield with human figure motif
    Place where the work was made
    Det Poroma District Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Anganen people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1969
    Media category
    Arms & armour
    Materials used
    wood, red, black and white pigments, bamboo, machine-wove cotton sling
    121.5 x 40.6 x 2.0 cm :

    0 - Whole, 121.5 cm (47 13/16")

    0 - Whole, 40.6 cm (16")

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

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

    • Chris Boylan and Greta North, The world of tribal arts, 'Highlands Art of New Guinea', pg. 73-83, San Francisco, Winter 1997, 79 (colour illus.). fig.no. 17

    • 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, 252.

    • Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 30 (illus.), 50. cat.no. H25; titled 'Shield'; wood, human figure, coloured red and white, maker's name Irupetop (deceased). Det Village, Poroma.

    • Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 95 (colour illus.), 161. cat.no. 39

    • Natalie Wilson, Tribal art, 'Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands', pg. 76-85, Belgium, Summer 2014, 80-81 (colour illus.). fig.no. 10