Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Papua New Guinea
A close—up of four Highlanders shows facial painting that is distinctive. Many communities use half the face one color and half another. Each of the men in this group of performers has the precise brown clay covering over 2/3 of the face with a line of white clay drawn to separate 1/3 with black charcoal. Their brown bodies have a red line of paint from the neck to the waist. Red cloth skirts hide the western shorts worn underneath. Their legs have some orange paint and white clay dabbed on from the knees to the ankles. Their simple headdresses and necklaces are made from yellow and white plants.
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