University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 55-17-20
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tiwi
Provenience: Australia
Northern Australia
Melville Island
Date Made: Before 1954
Early Date: 1949
Late Date: 1954
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Hair
Wool
Length: 64cm
Credit Line:National Geographic / University Museum Expedition; Jane C. Goodale, 1955

Description

Twisted human hair ropes with colored wool stripes woven in color. Four stripes pink and red ends gathered into four and five bunches bound with red. Used in funeral (Pukamani)ceremonies; worn around waist or head; also worn by initiates in kulama ceremonies.


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