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Decorated male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Unknown Artist


Cultural origin

Tairora people


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


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


Purchased 1977


Not on display

Accession number


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973. H63

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 147 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. 89