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Title

Decorated male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Artists

Unknown Artist


Details


Cultural origin

Tairora people


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Media categories

Mixed media , Sculpture


Materials used

wood, cassowary feathers (Casuarius), parrot feathers, pig tusks, marsupial fur, nassa shells (Nassarius), sedge grass, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), rattan, bamboo, natural and synthetic pigments (red, white and black), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), glass mirror shards, iron nails, cotton fabric, plastic


Dimensions

164.0 x 57.0 x 27.0 cm :

a - figure, 154 cm, height approx.

b - bilum, 98 x 43 cm, bag overall, tapa decoration 77.0cm length

c - black bead neck decoration

d - plaited string neck piece, 17 cm, width

e - sedge grass skirt, 28 x 40 cm

f - coix seed neck decoration, 20 cm

g - barkcloth head decoration, 66 cm, length overall

h - bamboo ear decoration - left, 60 cm

i - bamboo ear decoration - right, 83 cm


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

303.1977.a-i



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973. cat.no. H63

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 147 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. cat.no. 89