An image of Taph (lime stick)

Iatmul people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Taph (lime stick)

Location
Photography gallery
Further information

This delicately crafted lime stick – 'taph' in Iatmul – is carved from the thigh bone of the 'amwiya' (cassowary), as related by Justin Kami of Tambanum village. The 'taph' is decorated with bark fibre tassels known as 'manjih'.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 7]

Place of origin
Tambanum Village, Middle Sepik River, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Iatmul people
Year
early 20th century-mid 20th century
collected 1965
Media
Sculpture
Medium
cassowary bone (Casuarius), plant fibre tassels
Dimensions
43.7 x 12.0 x 3.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1965
Accession number
395.1994