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Painted Faces - Beauty and Power

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[New Guinea warrior's Face: 17k]

Pigment, Oil, Skin

Pigment for Color... | Oil for Shine... | Skin as Ground...
Body painting at the Mt. Hagen and Goroka Shows, PNG.

Figure 1: Detail of painted warrior at the Mt. Hagen Show, PNG 1997, copyright Scott Perry, 1998.

Portfolio of Six Portraits


[Mt. Hagen woman with mirror: 25k]

Figure 2: Mt. Hagen woman applies white pigment to her face with a small stick that has been chewed at one end to soften it into a brush.

More photos of dancers wearing traditional jewelry: BILAS

The Mt. Hagen Show is usually held the last part of August, the Goroka Show in September near PNG Independence Day. Often there is a higher priced admission ticket that let's photographers on to the dance field. It is worth the extra money and usually includes seating in the stands and better toilet facilities. Usually the area where the dancers are getting ready is also open with this ticket. Most dancers and their families do not mind photographers as long as they are polite and don't interfere with the complex dressing of the performers.

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0