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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

    Reproduction requests

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications