B & W negative

Registration number
Item name
B & W negative 
Indigenous name
Mr Des Bartlett  
Associated cultural group
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East Sepik Province > Angoram District > Timbunke village
Mr Des Bartlett 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1954 
Acquisition method
Purchased from Mr Des Bartlett 
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Black and white photograph of costume hanging inside.

Research notes

"The Timbuyan costume stored in the House Tamberan where it is looked after by the initiated men. The costume is worn by the men when beating the boys each day after the actual scarification has taken place. In the background ins the story book stick which shows the various totems - sun, crocodile, pig, dog, sak sak, etc - and every man of each totem group" [Bartlett 1953].

See 31942, 31943, 31944, 31947, and 31989 [catalogue card note].

Part of a series of copies of 330 photos in the range 31891 to 34881 taken by Bartlett on a 1953 trip to the Sepik River with Armand and Michaela Dennis who were making the film 'Among the Headhunters' which was released by Arthur J Rank. The photos include an initiation ceremony held at Yanchan Village on the main river. The photos come from an album of the trip made by Bartlett, a copy of which given to the museum in 1983 along with other photos which were copied at that time.

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