Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
This performer is taking a break and has removed his ornate head covering of a highly decorated mask with a hat topped off with plumes from a bird of paradise. His body paint of white chalk or clay has symbolic decorations. A bilum bag hangs from his neck. Traditionally the bags are woven and designed by the women. Each is a net bag for carrying many things, including babies, vegetables, fruit, wood, household goods, and suckling pigs. . They're made of knotted plant fibers.
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