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Title

Decorated male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1964

Artist

Awiyaana (Auyana) people

Papua New Guinea

Alternate image of Decorated male figure by Awiyaana (Auyana) people
Alternate image of Decorated male figure by Awiyaana (Auyana) people
Alternate image of Decorated male figure by Awiyaana (Auyana) people
Alternate image of Decorated male figure by Awiyaana (Auyana) people
Alternate image of Decorated male figure by Awiyaana (Auyana) people
  • Details

    Other Title
    Male figure to guard men's house
    Place where the work was made
    Indona village Okapa District Eastern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Awiyaana (Auyana) people
    Dates
    mid 20th century
    collected 1964
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Ceremonial object
    Materials used
    wood, split rattan, sedge grass, seeds, pig tusks, cowrie shells (Cypraeidae), yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), plant fibre string, feathers, natural pigments
    Dimensions
    163.5 x 32.0 x 25.0 cm overall
    Credit
    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    644.1979.a-i
    Copyright
    © Awiyaana (Auyana) people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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    Awiyaana (Auyana) people

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    Constructed from an astounding array of natural materials, this figure is dressed in the everyday attire of a village man, including a woven belt with wooden 'bat-winged' codpiece, cowrieshell waistband, woven armbands, nose peg and feathered headbands.

    Stan Moriarty described these figures as 'decoy figures' noting their placement inside men's houses and in gardens, with the aim to confound enemy assailants.

    [entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 38]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication