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mid 20th century
collected 1969


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Poroma District Southern Highlands Province Papua New Guinea
    Cultural origin
    Kewa people
    mid 20th century
    collected 1969
    Media category
    Materials used
    plaited split rattan
    17.0 cm length; 9.0 cm diameter
    Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Kewa people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics

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  • About

    This large woven wristband was worn by men, usually in pairs high on the forearm, and was donned only on special occasions.

    Wristbands were made using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven using a herringbone pattern. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

    Older wristbands, such as the one collected by Stan Moriarty in Poroma in 1969, are commonly dark brown, stained by smoke.

    [see Paul Sillitoe, 'Made in Niugini: technology in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea', British Museum, London, 1988]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications