Unknown Artist

Armband

Location
Not on display
Further information

Armbands and wristbands were made across the central highlands of Papua New Guinea. They were constructed using split strands from a variety of rattan canes and vines, and woven and plaited using a variety of intricate and ingenious patterns. It took between ten and twelve hours to make a pair of woven wristbands and required specialised skill and knowledge.

This armband consists of an outer plaited band, with an inner bark coil giving support to the delicate cane structure. It is heavily patinated with a coating of smoke and, most likely, pig's fat.

Place of origin
Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
probably Wahgi people
Year
mid 20th century
Media
Weaving, Jewellery
Medium
plaited rattan, bark inner coil
Dimensions
plaited armband: 8.2 cm diam.; 8.5 cm width inner bark armband: 7.7 cm diam.; 8.6 cm width
Credit
Gift of Peter Sack 2016
Accession number
215.2016.a-b
Copyright
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