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Title

Taph (lime stick)

early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965

Artist

Iatmul people

Papua New Guinea

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Tambanum Village Middle Sepik River East Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
    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
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Iatmul people

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  • 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]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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