Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
Papua New Guinea
The front performer is almost completely obscured by his attire. His nose and cheeks are painted bright red yellow outlines. His cuscus mammal headband partially covers his eyes. His headdress is constructed of split cane with a rectangular frame of sticks that are covered with tapa cloth (hammered bark) and decorated with colors from chemical dyes rather than the traditional plant dyes. Attachments of dried grasses, chicken feathers, and birds of paradise further hide his face. His multiple—layering of plants on his shoulders adds to his remote being. The man on his back right wears many plumes from the brown cassowary flightless bird. His ever—present bilum bag of bright chemical dyes of white and purple hangs from his back.
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