Male decoy figure
Place where the work was made
mid 20th century
wood, iron nails, feathers, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), glass beads, red synthetic pigment, black pigment, nassa shells (Nassarius), pig tusks, coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), black seeds, plant fibre string, barkcloth, split rattan, marsupial fur, looped plant-fibre string, pale red and brown plant dyes, bast fibre, sedge grass
150.0 x 31.0 x 17.0 cm :
a - figure, 150 cm, height
b - barkcloth head adornment, 30 cm, length approx.
c - shell headdress, 31 cm, length
d - pig tusk nose ornament, 12.8 cm, length longest tusk
e - coix seed waist decoration, 18 cm, diameter approx.
f - plant fibre string headdress, 17 cm, length approx.
g - feathered headdress, 31 cm, diameter
h - plaited string waist decoration, 17 cm, diameter
i - grass lap lap, 34 x 25 cm
j - grass lap lap with double ply string, 25 x 23 cm
k - black bead waist decoration, 20 cm, diameter approx.
l - bilum, 31 cm, length, without handle
Not on display
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Shown in 1 exhibition
Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2014–10 Aug 2014
Referenced in 2 publications
Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973. cat.no. H61
Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 145 (colour illus.), 163. cat.no. 87