Chest ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
1407
Item name
Chest ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
kapkap 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District
Map
Collector
Dr Pike  
Acquisition date
June 01, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Dr Pike  
Raw material
clam shell (Tridacna sp.); turtle shell
Dimensions
H: 375 mm W: 102 mm L: D: 4 mm Circum:

Description

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir' March - August 2013, curated by Dr Kirsty Gillespie and the Lihir Cultural Heritage Association with Dr Diana Young.

Musical Landscapes of Lihir exhibition label: Kapkap/men's body ornament, mid- 20th century. The kapkap alludes to cycles of regeneration and access to ancestral power, distilling through their materials and patterns relationships between the land and sea, the living and the dead and male and female substances.

Revealed by maimai/clan leaders and warriors during performances, mortuary ceremonies and previously tribal fighting, the kapkap also indicate, through the extent of the concentric rings in their fretwork, the wearer’s social influence and the number of clans he may speak for.

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