An image of Kwiy aegop (apron adorner)

Unknown Artist

Kwiy aegop (apron adorner)

Other titles:
Man's ceremonial lap lap
Not on display
Further information

This pig-tail-fringed apron adorner was worn on special occasions to enhance a man's appearance. Although acquired in Wola territory in the southern highlands, they were more common among neighbouring Huli people. The 'kwiy aegop' was worn in front of long aprons with the side straps tucked into a bark girdle. They lasted for many years and were stored in protective leaf parcels.

Tightly knitted from lengths of bast fibre, the size and shape vary from small and triangular to large and rectangular. The outer surface is coloured with 'dind hat' (red ochre) or powdered trade-store paint mixed with 'tigaso' tree oil or pig grease.

The lower edge is adorned with linked chains of cane and tassels of tails from animals killed by the owner, his relatives and friends. The origin of the 'kwiy aegop' is unknown, but in the past they were highly treasured objects.

[Exhibition text for 'Plumes and pearlshells: art of the New Guinea highlands', AGNSW, 2014]

Place of origin
Nipa, Nipa-Kutubu District, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Wola people
mid 20th century
collected 1968
Mixed media, Animal material, Botanical material, Textile
plant fibre string, red and yellow pigment, 'tigaso' tree oil, plaited split-rattan chains, 18 pig tails, 2 animal tails
18.5 x 43.0 cm panel; 60.0 cm length, including 'streamers' :
0 - Whole; 18.5 cm; width of oval-shaped band
0 - Whole; 43 cm; length of oval-shaped band
Purchased 1977
Accession number
© Wola people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics