Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0267.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
A group of elaborately decorated men and woman, probably from the Pangas of the Western Highlands province, sing and play their kundu hour—glass shaped wood drums as they dance. Their faces are painted with red paint, probably from the red juice from the pandaus palm tree berry. Cheeks, upper lips and foreheads are painted with white triangles with blue dots on cheeks Eyes are surrounded with yellow clay or turmeric and with polka dots of blue and white. Each headpiece has extended height with cane or bamboo frame on which multiple layers of bird feathers are attached. The orange feathers are from the bird of paradise, bower bird and parrot. The very tall feather is from the Sickle—cell bird of paradise. Headbands are made from snakeskin. Armbands are made from cuscus marsupial skins which hold a variety of leaves. Multiple necklaces are made up of large cowrie shells, dog's teeth, Job's tears seeds, trade store beads of many colors, a large kina shell at the neck and a giant bailer shell covering the stomach. Leaves hang from the waist band made up from shells. Dried river grasses complete the ceremonial wear.
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