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Object Number:89-17-57
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Yonggom/Muyu
Provenience: Papua New Guinea
Western Province, Papua New Guinea
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Gourd
Plant Fiber
Credit Line:Purchased from Stuart A. Kirsch, 1989
Other Number:104 - Other Number

Description

Gourd penis sheath (wabot, type beren wabot) (beren = gourd). Brown gourd, tip added with seizing. Waist cord attached to seizings at base. Gourd was grown especially for this use: curved shape due to training as the gourd was growing. These gourds grown in northern most areas. This type of penis sheath worn on ceremonial occasions. The owner (and maker) wore this often at ceremonies at which women offered themselves to him. Now married, he was sad about selling this piece, with its fond memories, to Kirsch. Made by Kukweng Yacobus, Komdan clan, Ninanti village, Irian Jaya, living in Dome refugee camp. Purchased from maker 1/27/89.


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