We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.


Decorated female figure

mid 20th century
collected 1966


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kainantu Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Tairora people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1966
    Media categories
    Mixed media , Sculpture
    Materials used
    wood, quartz stone, dark brown machine-made yarn, iron nails, rattan, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), plant fibre string, barkcloth, shells, cotton, pig tusk, synthetic pigments (yellow, green, black and red), sedge grass, feathers, marsupial fur, plaited split rattan, animal bone, cassowary claws (Casuarius)
    151.0 x 40.0 x 27.0 cm :

    a - figure, 148 cm, height approx

    b - coix seed waist decoration, 46 cm

    c - plaited fibre waist decoration, 30 x 22 cm, (2 sections)

    d - grass lap lap, 39 x 30 cm, at waist

    e - looped plant-fibre string and barkcloth loincloth, 60 x 50 cm

    f - shell and black seed necklace, 27 cm, diam. approx.

    g - barkcloth head adornment, 43 x 22 cm

    h - coix seed necklace, 78 cm, length

    i - neck decoration with armbands, 65 cm, length

    j - cane ringlet necklace, 58 cm, length

    k - barkcloth loincloth, 25 cm, height

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

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications