Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0239.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
A performer from an unknown highlands group shows his arm shield that is attached to his forearm by thin strands of twisted cord made from rachis of a plant or the distal part of the shaft of a feather. Hanging from the top of his extended headdress and his arm shield are strings of white chicken feathers. A simple bilum bag is filled with items on his back. Dried river grasses hang from a waist band of small shells and trader beads. His face and arms are painted haphazardly with red paint and shined with pig's grease or tree oil.
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