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peng koem (ceremonial wig)

collected 1963


Melpa people

Papua New Guinea

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Ceremonial hat
    Judge's wig
    Place where the work was made
    Mount Hagen Western Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Melpa people
    collected 1963
    Media category
    Ceremonial object
    Materials used
    bark on cane frame, human hair, tree rosin, plant fibre, green beetles, yellow, red and blue trade store colours, white natural pigment
    37.0 x 46.0 x 45.0 cm (approx.) :

    0 - Whole, 37 cm (14 9/16"), approx.

    0 - Whole, 46 cm (18 1/8"), approx.

    0 - Whole, 45 cm (17 11/16"), approx.

    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Melpa people

    Works in the collection


  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Mount Hagen

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Andrew Strathern and Marilyn Strathern, Self-decoration in Mount Hagen, London, 1971. For similar examples of 'peng koem' from the Wahgi people, see Chapter 4, pg. 84-92, and colour plate no. 31.

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