Apron

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40674
Item name
Apron 
Category
Dance/Performance
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
laes (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
cardboard; acrylic paint; leaves (Flagellaria indica sp.); cane strip; string
Dimensions
H: 570 mm W: 600 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

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.

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: The design of these laes represents a bush insect with wings. It is worn to cover the backside whilst dancing.

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