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Yupini (fertility figure)

collected 1964
(early 20th century)


Unknown Artist


Other Titles

Male Yupin figure

Figure, Upin or Kepil idol, male


Place where the work was made

Laiagam Enga Province Papua New Guinea

Cultural origin

Enga people


collected 1964
(early 20th century)

Materials used

woven, coiled and plaited plant fibre, yellow, red and white pigments, iron nails


83.0 x 46.0 x 30.0 cm


Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978


Not on display

Accession number



Where the work was made

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Willibald Blank, Anthropos, 'Ein Fruchtbarkeitsidol aus dem westlichen Hochland von Neuguinea', pg. 907-08, Sankt Augustin, 1963. General reference to 'yupini' plaited fibre figures. Reproduction of 'yupini' figure in the collection of the Anthropos Institute.

Chris Boylan and Greta North, The world of tribal arts, 'Highlands Art of New Guinea', pg. 73-83, San Francisco, Winter 1997, 82 (colour illus.). 23

Heinz Christian Dosedla, Abhandlungen und Berichte des Staatlichen Museums fur Volkerkunde Dresden [Band 41], 'Kultfiguren aus Flechtwerk im zentralen Hochland von PNG', pg. 86-98, Berlin, 1984. General reference to 'timbu wara' and 'yupini' plaited fibre figures.

Philip Gibbs, Anthropos, 'The Kepele Ritual of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea', pg. 434-448, Sankt Augustin, 1978. General reference to 'yupini' plaited fibre figures and description of the Kepele Ritual.

Danièle Giraudy, Art Papou: Austronésiens et Papous de Nouvelle-Guinée, Paris, 2000, 211 (colour illus.), 323. 196; titled "Statue Yupin"

Adrienne L. Kaeppler, Christian Kaufmann and Douglas Newton, L'Art Océanien, Paris, 1993, 592 (illus.).

Roger Neich, Records (vol. 1, no. 2), 'Basketwork fertility figures from the Western Enga and nearby groups, Western and Southern Highlands, New Guinea', pg. 33-62, Wellington, 25 Nov 1975, 43 (line illus.). figure no. 5

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 36 (illus.), 53. H121