Head ornament

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40669
Item name
Head ornament 
Category
Dance/Performance
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
lakuo (Lihir language) 
Maker
Barth Saien  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Lihir Island Group
Map
Collector
Lihir Cultural Heritage Association (LCHA) 
Acquisition date
August 01, 2013 
Acquisition method
Donated by Lihir Cultural Heritage Association (LCHA) and Lihir Mining Area Landowners Association (LMALA) 
Raw material
bamboo; fern leaves (Diplazium sp.); cardboard; acrylic paint; synthetic feathers; plastic beads; string
Dimensions
H: 490 mm W: 240 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Cone-shaped head ornament; base is made with bamboo strips and wrapped with fern leaves; top section is made with cardboard with a painted face in red, yellow, black, blue and white; dyed and un-dyed feathers protrude from the apex. Registration number 40669 marked with tag.

Research notes

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'Musical Landscapes of Lihir' March - August 2013, curated by Dr Kirsty Gillespie and the Lihir Cultural Heritage Association with Dr Diana Young. The making of these Lihir performance items was commissioned in 2012 by LCHA for display in this exhibition.

Exhibition label: This headpiece also represents a tumbuan. The neckpiece [40670] is a stylised replica of a sea turtle.

Also known as lkuo (Masahet dialect).

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