Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0117.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
Highlanders in the mountains and valleys of various clans self—decorate half of their bodies with two different colors at ceremonies and sing—sings. The performers in this group have painted one side from head to toe with white chalk or clay and the other half in tan clay or black from charcoal. Various anthropologists postulate different religious and traditional reasons for the selected colors. The highlanders are not forthcoming with their purposes. The woman on the right wears cassowary plumes that cover her hair. Except for the woman whose bilum bag is black, each of the dancer's bilum bag is the same dull stripes of tan and blue. They all wear necklaces of Job's tears seeds. Their skirts are made from sedge grasses.
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