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Title

Decorated male figure

mid 20th century
collected 1964


Artist

Awiyaana (Auyana) people

Papua New Guinea


About

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]


Details


Other Title

Male figure to guard men's house


Dates

mid 20th century
collected 1964


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


Accession number

644.1979.a-i


Artist information

Awiyaana (Auyana) people

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Melanesian art, Sydney, 1966, 18. cat.no. 242