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Title

Gourd head with human hair wig

mid 20th century
collected 1963


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Other Title

Gourd mask with human hair wig


Place where the work was made

Wapenamanda Enga Province Papua New Guinea


Cultural origin

Enga or Duna people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1963


Materials used

gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), human hair, seeds, mammalian teeth, plant resin, wood, plant fibre string, nassa shells (Nassarius), black pigment, red synthetic pigment


Dimensions

35.0 x 55.0 x 24.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Stan Moriarty 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

287.1978



Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Danièle Giraudy, Art Papou: Austronésiens et Papous de Nouvelle-Guinée, Paris, 2000, 210 (colour illus.). cat.no. 195; titled 'Masque'

Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 36 (illus.), 53. cat.no. H125

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 74 (colour illus.), 160. cat.no. 21

Natalie Wilson, Look, 'A myriad of artforms: rare and beautiful objects from the highlands of New Guinea', pg. 24-28, Sydney, May 2014, 26 (colour illus.).