Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
Covering the body with charcoal black and pig's grease has two functions. The grease enhances the beauty of the black color that is supposed to obscure the identity of the dancers. The young dancer from the Bomai of Simbu (Chimbu) Province, wears a band on his forehead of three strands of nassarius shells. White glass beads cross his chest and back. Cassowary feathers extend his headdress. A short skirt made from strips of leaves is the only clothing. He carries a bow and several arrows, as does the tribesman in the background and to the right.
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