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Title

Decorated female 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, 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)


Dimensions

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


Credit

Purchased 1977


Location

Not on display


Accession number

304.1977.a-k



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Tony Tuckson, Aboriginal and Melanesian art, Sydney, 1973, 32 (illus.), 51. cat.no. H64

Natalie Wilson (Editor), Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands, Sydney, 2014, 146 (colour illus.), 148 (illus.), 149, 163. cat.no. 88