Head ornament

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Registration number
8323
Item name
Head ornament 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
womoak 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Western Dani 
Place
Pacific > Indonesia > Papua Province > Jayawijaya
Map
Collector
Mr Anton Ploeg  
Acquisition date
January 01, 1962 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Anton Ploeg  
Raw material
Pig's tusk
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Research notes

Tusks worn by men on top of head, and by women only on big occasions.

'Don't know when the artifacts were collected, but an article 'Acculturation movements amongst the Western Dani' by Ploeg & O'Brian in American Anthropologist Vol. 66 No. 4 p. 281, 1964 describes his research amongst the Dani of the Wagulum political community near Bokondini in the Central Highlands Western N.G. between 1960 & 1962 (on a research scholarship from A.N.U.). The artifacts donated are presumably from the Dani of this area.' [Source card].

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