- Indigenous name
- laes (Lihir language)
- Barth Saien
- Associated cultural group
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Lihir Island Group
- 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
- cardboard; acrylic paint; leaves (Flagellaria indica sp.); cane strip; string
- H: 570 mm W: 600 mm L: D: Circum:
Body ornament made from a flat piece of cardboard; long leaves are attached to the back of the cardboard and fan out around the edge; cardboard is bound to a cane strip frame with string and painted mostly yellow with red, white, green and black. Registration number 40674 marked with tag.
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: The design of these laes represents a bush insect with wings. It is worn to cover the backside whilst dancing.