- Other titles:
- Southern Highlands spirit figure, Timbuwarra, Timbuwara
- Not on display
- Further information
Flat woven anthropomorphic figures - timbuwarra - from the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea were kept in spirit houses, conical-roofed structures built some distance from the village, and apparently were associated with fertility and spirits. In ceremony they were carried or were pinned to the tall red wig worn by men. This practice was locally described as "female pinned by a penis to the wig."
Collector Stanley Moriarty refers to it as a female figure representing a dead wife intended for relatives and friends to pay their respects to.
- Place of origin
Southern Highlands Province,
Papua New Guinea
- Cultural origin
- Wiru people
- circa 1960s
- Ceremonial object, Weaving, Sculpture
- woven vegetable fibre, cane, red and blue pigments
- 97.0 x 114.0 cm (irreg.)
- Gift of Margaret Tuckson 2005
- Accession number
- © Wiru people, under the endorsement of PIMA's 'Code of Ethics'