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Male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1964


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Male decoy figure
    Place where the work was made
    Gimi village Okapa District Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    probably Fore people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1964
    Media categories
    Mixed media , Sculpture
    Materials used
    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

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

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications