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Title

Taph (lime stick)

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea


About

This delicately crafted lime stick – 'taph' in Iatmul – is carved from the thigh bone of the 'amwiya' (cassowary), as related by Justin Kami of Tambanum village. The 'taph' is decorated with bark fibre tassels known as 'manjih'.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 7]


Details


Cultural origin

Iatmul people


Dates

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

cassowary bone (Casuarius), plant fibre tassels


Dimensions

43.7 x 12.0 x 3.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1965


Location

Not on display


Accession number

395.1994


Artist information

Iatmul people

Works in the collection

40


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history