Headdress

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
24386
Item name
Headdress 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Highlands Province > North Wahgi District > Nondugul
Map
Collector
Neptune Blood 
Acquisition date
June 21, 1952 
Acquisition method
Donated by Hallstrom Livestock and Fauna 
Raw material
Feather, bird of paradise, blue (Paradisaea rudolphi); Feather, bird of paradise, black sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus); Feather, bird of paradise, k
Dimensions
H: 690 mm W: 1230 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Headdress comprised of nine individual Birds-of-Paradise from five different species: the King of Saxony, the Blue bird of paradise, the Red Plumed bird of paradise, the Black / Great sickle Bill bird of paradise, and the lesser bird of paradise.

Research notes

Double Up exhibition label: "Dr Winterbotham, the founding force of the UQ Anthropology Museum, paid Neptune Blood who procured this head dress and whose hobby was orchid hunting, with orchid plants. We don’t know how the makers of the head dress were paid. Neptune Blood wrote: "as far as money is concerned, the natives are not the slightest bit interested and there is nothing we have which the natives would care to take in exchange." (Blood to Winterbotham 22 Jan 1952 typescript letter, UQAM archives).

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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