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String and Things

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[Hornbill detail: 31k]

The Huli wigmen are some of the most colorful dancers at the Mt. Hagen Show. This warrior's necklace features a hornbill beak backed by pig tusks and a necklace of Job's tears and red seeds.

Detail of hornbill kokomo beak.

[Huli wigmen with hornbill bilas: 30k]

Hair wigs are made by different groups in the Highlands and each has a distinctive form. They are shaped from human hair and elaborated with many different kinds of feathers. Red, yellow and white clays are used for body paint.

The facing warrior has a complete Bird of Paradise attached to front of his wig.

[Komo komo: 18k]

Both the komo-komo necklace from the Bena Bena area and the armband are made from hand-twisted string using a continuous knotting technique. The fibers come from the inner bark of various trees. Small geri geri shells detail the edges of the komo-komo and both pieces are colored using natural dyes.

[Bilum string armband: 20k]

[Girl with bamboo necklace: 46k]

Beautiful feathers are only part of this girl's lovely bilas. Croton leaves and pink everlasting daisies are stuck into her fiber armbands and plumes of ornamental grass extend the height of the headdress. Green beetles and a green snake or lizard skin form part of her headband. Her necklace is a simple, but charming, traditional one made from links of bamboo and woven chains.

[Kukukuku bamboo necklace: 11k]

This is a similar necklace from the Angu (Kukukuku). They are a small, but fierce people, previously known for their murderous surprise raids on other groups' villages. They live in very remote mountainous country, many days walk from all except a few mission air strips. The tassels are bilum string braided with yellow orchid vine fiber and the center ornament is a opossum ball.

[Warriors with grass laplaps: 30k]

These dancers use plants for different, but tremendous effect. The bleached white grass skirts of the coastal warriors swivel to the beat of the kundu drums.

The fern man wears a cloak of bilum string and has blackened his body with soot and pig grease.

Both wear pig tusk necklaces. The fern man also has a pig tusk nose piece.

[Fern man: 46k]

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Middle Sepik River | Angoram | Kambaramba | Tambanum | Hunstein | Imbando and Taway | Mumeri | Blackwater River | Lower Ramu River | Middle Ramu River | basket yam masks | wooden yam masks | Baining | Sulka | Tolai dukduk | Malagan | Papuan Gulf | Gogodala | String and Things | Skin as Ground... | more INDONESIAN MASKS: Bali and Java | Dyak

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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