Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0015.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Dancers from two different southern Highlands groups are shown carrying tall dancing shields that are back staffs decorated with geometric designs. Their hollow log hour—glass—shaped drums, kundus, are individually painted. Highly shiny bodies and faces indicate heavy pig grease or tree oil. Two men at the far right and left are from the Bomai tribe. They are nude except for penis covers (called phallocrypts). Their entire bodies and faces are heavily painted with black charcoal mixed with pig grease. Their heads are covered with mosses, secured by headbands. King of Saxony bird of paradise head feathers decorate the men's chests. These 7—inch male birds have two 18—inch plumes trailing backward from the head, each of which bears a series of 30 to 40 miniature flags trailing along side of the vein, a brilliantly enameled blue outside, brown inside.
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