University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:P4137
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Elema
Provenience: New Guinea
British New Guinea
Papuan Gulf
Date Made: Before 1912
Early Date: 1892
Late Date: 1912
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Bark
Shell
Plant Fiber
Pigment
Technique:Incised
Length: 135 cm
Width: 10.5 cm
Outside Diameter:24.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from J. F. G. Umlauff, 1913
Other Number:2151 - Other Number

Description

Strip of bark with incised decoration in black and white (lime). At each end of decorated zone a human face and stylized body. Overlapping end of bark fastened with plant fiber cord (now broken) that looped over two conus shell disk buttons. Beside each shell button a pair of holes. Worn by men on ceremonial occasions.


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