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Fofona (pectoral or back ornament)

mid 20th century
collected 1972


Unknown Artist

Alternate image of Fofona (pectoral or back ornament) by
Alternate image of Fofona (pectoral or back ornament) by
  • Details

    Other Title
    Ceremonial object
    Place where the work was made
    Henganofi Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Kamano people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1972
    Media categories
    Ceremonial object , Weaving , Botanical material , Animal material
    Materials used
    12 finely plaited plant-fibre string tassels outlined with nassa shells (Nassarius), rattan support with 2 large white cowrie shells (Ovula ovum), red pigment
    38.0 x 39.5 x 5.0 cm :

    0 - Whole, 38 cm (14 15/16"), length excluding neckband

    0 - Whole, 39.5 cm (15 9/16"), width across shell

    0 - Whole, 67 cm (26 3/8"), length from top of neckband to bottom of tassels

    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Kamano people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 119 (colour illus.), 162. cat.no. 63

    • Natalie Wilson, Look, 'A myriad of artforms: rare and beautiful objects from the highlands of New Guinea', pg. 24-28, Sydney, May 2014, 28 (colour illus., detail).