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photographic print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,B105.30

  • Description

    Photograph (black and white); a large group of people assembled outdoors; in the middle is a group of men performing a dance or ritual; they wear variously, feather headdresses, woven net wigs, bailer shells on their foreheads, bailer shells or kina moa (red shield with kina in middle), on their chests, omaks (parallel bamboo sticks strung into a chest pendant), armbands and loin coverings; they all hold various weapons such as bows and arrows and spears; White men in expedition gear in the foreground; buildings and trees in the background; Mount Hagan (?), Papua New Guinea.
    Gelatin silver print

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  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 20thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12.8 centimetres
    • Width: 17.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Related images: this image generally relates to the collection of images: Oc,B101.47 through 80, which were in a group together, an envelope with them reads: "Mr. Halls. Central Highlands, New Guinea". see PicDoc 203.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,B105.30

Photograph (black and white); a large group of people assembled outdoors; in the middle is a group of men performing a dance or ritual; they wear variously,  feather headdresses, woven net wigs, bailer shells on their foreheads, bailer shells or kina moa (red shield with kina in middle), on their chests,  omaks (parallel bamboo sticks strung into a chest pendant), armbands and loin coverings; they all hold various weapons such as bows and arrows and spears; White men in expedition gear in the foreground; buildings and trees in the background; Mount Hagan (?), Papua New Guinea.
Gelatin silver print

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