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Title

Male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1964


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Other Title

Male decoy figure


Cultural origin

probably Fore people


Dates

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


Dimensions

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


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

301.1977.a-l



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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