- Registration number
- Item name
- Body armour
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Western Dani
- Pacific > Indonesia > Papua Province > Jayawijaya
- Mr Anton Ploeg
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1962
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mr Anton Ploeg
- Raw material
- Plant fibre, rattan; feather, lesser bird of paradise (Paradisaea minor)
- H: W: 45 mm L: 44 mm D: Circum:
Woven (rattan?) vest. Shoulder straps are woven string fastened to cane circles attached at front and back. Feathers of Lesser Bird-of-Paradise are attached to the side.
Worn by men for war, with nothing worn below it.
'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].