Vegetable

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25441
Item name
Vegetable 
Category
Drug/Medicine
 
Indigenous name
Atu dem 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
Tsiambugla clan 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Simbu (Chimbu) Province > Unknown > Tsiambugla
Map
Collector
Father John Nilles 
Acquisition date
August 06, 1953 
Acquisition method
Donated by Father John Nilles 
Raw material
Plant; paper
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Paper envelope containing plant material.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.

In the Red exhibition label: Medicinal material, 1937-1953. The plant medicines contained within these envelopes, presumably labelled by Nilles, were used as love charms, to inhibit menstruation and conception and to cause abortion.

The buds and leaves of this plant were given with sweet potatoes to girls at first menstruation.

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