Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0073.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Women dancers of the Mt. Hagen area show their wealth as they sing and drum. White clay is painted onto their faces that look like eye glasses. Yellow turmeric is dabbed on their cheeks. Red and yellow dyed strips of plants are fastened at the waist with woven leaves. Orange parrot feathers on their headbands are topped with long tail feathers of the black Astrapia bird. Their chests are covered variously with boar's teeth and kina shells. Kina shells of the Gold lip shell (Pinctada maximums) were used as traditional payment and medium of exchange in Papua New Guinea and an essential part of the bride price. Modern currency is called "Kina."
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