Vegetable

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
25442
Item name
Vegetable 
Category
Drug/Medicine
 
Indigenous name
Indaun kuiambu 
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, sweet potato; paper
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Four small pieces of sweet potato; two pieces are oval shaped slices 3 mm thick, diameters 45 mm and 62 mm. The other two pieces are parts of two separate slices; they are off white in colour.

Inscription on envelope: "Cont. Indaun Kuiambu a sweet potatoe [sic]. Coll: J. Nilles from Tsiambugla clan, Chimbu area T.N.G. Used for: as an anticonception or producing abortion by women. How used: the potatoe is cooked in hot ashes and given together with spells to the woman. 24 Feb 1953"

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.

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