Penis gourd

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Registration number
8328
Item name
Penis gourd 
Category
Bodywear
 
Indigenous name
wyttipeke 
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
Gourd, kepoak
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Penis gourd. Two hollowed out sections of long curved gourd sewn together with string. Total length 300mm curving round in a horn like shape to make a total diameter of 153mm.

Research notes

'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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