An image of Decorated female figure

Unknown Artist

Decorated female figure

Not on display
Place of origin
Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Tairora people
mid 20th century
collected 1966
Mixed media, Sculpture
wood, quartz stone, dark brown machine-made yarn, iron nails, rattan, yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), coix seeds (Coix lacryma-jobi), plant fibre string, barkcloth, shells, cotton, pig tusk, synthetic pigments (yellow, green, black and red), sedge grass, feathers, marsupial fur, plaited split rattan, animal bone, cassowary claws (Casuarius)
151.0 x 40.0 x 27.0 cm :
a - figure; 148 cm; height approx
b - coix seed waist decoration; 46 cm; (2 sections)
c - plaited fibre waist decoration; 30 x 22 cm; at waist
d - grass lap lap; 39 x 30 cm; diam. approx.
e - looped plant-fibre string and barkcloth loincloth; 60 x 50 cm; length
f - shell and black seed necklace; 27 cm; length
g - barkcloth head adornment; 43 x 22 cm; length
h - coix seed necklace; 78 cm; height
i - neck decoration with armbands; 65 cm
j - cane ringlet necklace; 58 cm
k - barkcloth loincloth; 25 cm
Purchased 1977
Accession number
© Tairora people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics