35mm slide (photographic)(colour)
- Museum number
Slide (colour); a man in western clothing seated cross-legged carving from wood the forked support (peng pakal) carried by wearers of the long ceremonial headdress (peng) worn by certain Wahgi-speakers during their Pig Festival. Traditionally, such headdresses were said to be made into the wearer’s own hair, and the forked support allowed the wearer to sleep sitting upright without crushing the headdress. By the 1970s, the headdresses were detachable, and the forked supports were carried simply as an accessory by the headdress-wearer. Behind the cross-legged carver, another man works on a headdress. Photograph taken September 23rd 1979, Kombulno, Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea.
- Production date
- November 1979
Height: 3.60 centimetres (image)
Height: 5 centimetres (mount)
Width: 2.40 centimetres (image)
Width: 5 centimetres (mount)
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Photographs taken during fieldwork to the Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea between May 1979 and August 1981.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 24.26 NOV 79M4 (O'Hanlon Number)