An image of Decorated male figure

Awiyaana (Auyana) people

(Papua New Guinea  – )

Decorated male figure

Other titles:
Male figure to guard men's house
Not on display
Further information

Constructed from an astounding array of natural materials, this figure is dressed in the everyday attire of a village man, including a woven belt with wooden 'bat-winged' codpiece, cowrieshell waistband, woven armbands, nose peg and feathered headbands.

Stan Moriarty described these figures as 'decoy figures' noting their placement inside men's houses and in gardens, with the aim to confound enemy assailants.

[entry from Exhibition Guide for 'Melanesian art: redux', 2018, cat no 38]

Place of origin
Indona village, Okapa District, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Cultural origin
Awiyaana (Auyana) people
mid 20th century
collected 1964
Sculpture, Ceremonial object
wood, split rattan, sedge grass, seeds, pig tusks, cowrie shells (Cypraeidae), yellow orchid stem fibre (Dendrobium), plant fibre string, feathers, natural pigments
163.5 x 32.0 x 25.0 cm overall
Gift of Stan Moriarty 1977
Accession number
© Awiyaana (Auyana) people, under the endorsement of the Pacific Islands Museums Association's (PIMA) Code of Ethics