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Male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1964


Unknown Artist


Other Title

Male decoy figure

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


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973. H61

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 145 (colour illus.), 163. 87