Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0290.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Many Highlands groups vary their facial characteristics by painting their foreheads and eyes with white clay or chalk and wearing multiple levels of headbands and headdresses. The woman on the left wears three white headbands that come from fur of either a cuscus marsupial mammal or tree kangaroo. Orange feathers from various parrots or bower birds separate out levels of the animal furs. Colors of trade store beads necklaces of red, white, green, yellow and blue are used in the wristbands, armbands, and dyed palm leaves that are stripped, crimped and hung from the waistbands. Boars' tusks hang from a necklace of Job's tears seeds. A necklace made up of Nassarius shells complete her finery. A fellow villager wears a full headdress of the white animal fur that is topped by tail feathers from one of over 700 species of birds in PNG.
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