Body armour

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Registration number
2795
Item name
Body armour 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > Western Province > North Fly District > Kiunga
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Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
 
Acquisition method
by Department of District Services and Native Affairs 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Object 2795 is a basketry cuirass used as body armour for the chest region. It is 18 inches long, with a maximum chest width of 13 ½ inches. It appears to be made from rattan, which is obtained from the long pliable stems of a particular type of climbing palm. This cuirass is undecorated and has no place to which other items can be attached [Neil Fairbrother 1999].

Research notes

A cuirass is manufactured by firstly weaving a number of circular bands which are placed horizontally upon one another. A second series is woven perpendicular to the first series.

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