Body shirt

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2393
Item name
Body shirt 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Oro (Northern) Province
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1947 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Australian Board of Missions 
Raw material
job's tears, plant fibre string, seeds, glass beads
Dimensions
H: 520 mm W: 570 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Widow's mourning vest made from threaded rows of Job's tears; vest is mostly made of white Job's tears and a horizontal row of alternating red and black Job's tears.

Research notes

The vest was made c. 1947. "Widows' mourning garments- N.G. (Bodice). This garment is quite heavy and is made of transverse rows of Jobs' Tears but there are also some yellow seeds of the same type and also some rows of black seeds about the same size, worked into the pattern. Its width at the bottom is 23". Height is 14". Secured through the A.B.M., Sydney." [printed on accompanying card]. Also see widow's mourning cap 647.

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Double Up: Pasifika Treasures from the UQ Anthropology Museum' curated by Diana Young with Jane Willcock, 5 February - 9 April 2010.

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