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Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0001   CAS 2014-0001-0001; Carving (bird-human figure)
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving (bird-human figure)
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1980s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Earth pigments; Shells
Description Large 3-dimensional carving of a half man / half bird figure, carved from single piece of wood in standing position; Figure is very thin when viewed from front, but of more substantial proportions in profile; Figure has body and legs of a bird and stands atop a short, mounded base; The body is plain but is carved to suggest wings and is painted black, with the long tail painted white; Legs are also painted black but further decorated painted with white and brick red bands; A very large human head sits atop a short gray neck and sports a very long beard; Face is predominantly painted white, while ears and forehead are black; “Hair” is painted brick red, topped by a white and black headdress; Long, tapered beard is painted with alternating brick red and black bands; Both eyes are inset with two types of shells.
Dimensions (cm) Height = ca. 167.5, Width = 11.5, Depth = 25.9

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0002   CAS 2014-0001-0002; Carving (human effigy)
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving (human effigy)
Culture Melanesian: Yimam people
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Middle Sepik River, Yimam and/or Alamblak area
County N/A
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture 1990-1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Natural pigments; Plant fiber
Description 3-dimensional carving of a human figure, possibly a pregnant woman, shown standing on one leg; Entire figure is stained black; Flattened figure has a large head, whose face is stained a light brown color and facial features (ears and eyes) are very shallowly carved; Eyes are inset with shells, and short native fiber rope is tied through nose; Figure’s body is depicted by a series of parallel crescent shapes that enclose a second human head; Series of shallowly carved crescent shapes outline the figure’s back and continue down its leg and are alternately stained light brown and rust brown; Although carved 3-dimensionally, this figure is intended to be viewed 2-dimensionally.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 46.5, Width = 3.3, Depth = 12.3

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0003   CAS 2014-0001-0003; Carving (hook)
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving (hook)
Culture Melanesian: Yimam people
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Middle Sepik River: Blackwater and Korewori Rivers region
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture 1990-1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint or stain
Description 3-dimensional carving in the form of an elongated human shown standing on one foot, representing a war and hunting deity; Figure has a very elongated head with pointed head and long, tapering beard; Figure’s body is depicted by a series of V-shaped hooks, with the upper ones pointing downward and the lower ones pointing upward; Entire carving is stained or painted black.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 45.6, Width = 3.4, Depth = 6.4

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0004   CAS 2014-0001-0004; Carving (hook)
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving (hook)
Culture Melanesian: Yimam people
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Middle Sepik River: Blackwater and Korewori Rivers region
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture 1990-1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint or stain
Description 3-dimensional carving in the form of an elongated human shown standing on one foot, representing a major war and hunting deity; Figure has a very elongated head with pointed head and long, tapering beard; Figure’s body is depicted by several V-shaped hooks, with the upper ones pointing downward and the lower ones pointing upward; Entire carving is stained or painted black.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 48.7, Width = 4.5, Depth = 8.6

Catalog Number

CAS 2014-0001-0005   CAS 2014-0001-0005; Carving (storyboard)
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving (storyboard)
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Lower Sepik River District
County
Other Geographic Data Kambot area
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Earth pigments
Description Storyboard carved in high relief from a single piece of wood that is roughly rectangular in shape with rounded corners; Village scene depicted includes large crocodile in water grasping a smaller animal in its mouth, while groups of two and three men sit on the river’s bank interacting with each other; A pair of houses stands in the background, with forest trees throughout and in the background; Four pairs of birds are shown, either on the ground or in the trees, and a small animal identical to the one being grabbed by the crocodile is high in the trees watching the whole scene; Entire board is stained black; Areas that have been carved away are smeared with rust-brown mud and shallowly carved details of animals, people, and plants and other figures are highlighted with white lime pigment. The production of storyboards in Papua New Guinea began sometime in the 1960s, replacing earlier bark boards.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 37.3, Width = 81.0, Depth = 3.2

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0006   CAS 2014-0001-0006; Lime spatula
Category Carvings; Tools & Implements
Object Name Lime spatula
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Milne Bay Province
County
Other Geographic Data Trobriand Islands
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Shell: Abalone (Haliotis sp.)
Description Spatula for dispensing lime used while chewing betel nuts; Spatula is carved from single piece of wood and shows a flattened elongated handle whose distal end expands slightly to form a long paddle like spoon; Proximal end of handle flares out even more and is elaborately carved on both front and reverse with series of spirals that incorporate negative spaces and small rounds of abalone shell for decorative effect.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 3.3, Thickness = 0.3, Length = 23.5

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0007   CAS 2014-0001-0007; Carving
Category Carvings
Object Name Carving
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. Milne Bay Province
County
Other Geographic Data Trobriand Islands
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Shell: Abalone (Haliotis sp.)
Description 3-dimensional carving from a single piece of wood, depicting a half animal/half human figure in standing position; Figure sports a long tail and a skull-like head with a long beard (?) extending down from its chin to the ground; Small round pieces of abalone shell are inlaid on tip of figure’s tail, on back of his head, and on either side of his chin; Kneeling atop first figure’s head is a smaller bird-like figure with extremely long legs and feet; Extending down from the bird-like figure’s chest is a column that is similar to the first figure’s beard; Small round pieces of abalone shell are inlaid in bird-like figure’s eyes and at top of each leg where they join the figure’s body; Both figures are mounted atop a relatively high oval-shaped base.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 27.3, Width = 2.6, Depth = 4.8

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0008   CAS 2014-0001-0008; Mask carving
Category Carvings
Object Name Mask carving
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Earth pigments; Cowrie (Cypraeidae) shells; Plant fiber
Description Two dimensional wall hanging carving in the form of a mask, showing an elongated man’s face whose forehead and cheeks are painted black and decorated with large tan dots; Eyes and nose are both painted gray with black outlines and eyes are also inset with cowrie shells; Figure’s lips are greatly exaggerated and extended; Lower lip is painted gray or off-white and decorated with large black dots; Upper lip is carved as an extension of the cheeks, extending even lower than the lower lip and in the form of long narrow projection that terminates in a snake-like head that is painted red; Figure’s red extended tongue is concealed beneath the upper lip (a distended tongue is a sign of welcoming); Small bit of plant fiber is knotted alongside figure’s eyes, possibly suggesting ears; Additional loop of plant fiber for hanging carving is looped through hole drilled at top of carving.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 38.6, Width = 8.4, Depth = 7.1

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0009   CAS 2014-0001-0009; Mask carving
Category Carvings
Object Name Mask carving
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture 1990-1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Pigments; Cowrie (Cypraeidae) shells; Plant fiber
Description Two-dimensional wall hanging in the form of a mask, carved from a single piece of wood; Mask is oval-shaped and shows an elongated face with a shallowly carved headdress, possibly representing an animal, with different portions stained white, red, and yellow; Figure’s face is stained white and its nose and extended tongue are carved in high relief (a distended tongue is a sign of welcoming); Tongue and mouth are stained red, and a black dot is painted on each cheek and along each side of the chin; Each eye is inset with a cowrie shell, with the area around each eye either stained black, either with stain or resulting from whatever was used to attach the shells; Short length of native cordage is strung through small hole drilled through top of mask.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 37.5, Width = 14.3, Depth = 5.4

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0010   CAS 2014-0001-0010; Mask carving
Category Carvings
Object Name Mask carving
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint; Cowrie (Cypraeidae) shells
Description Two dimensional wall hanging carving in the form of a mask, carved from a single piece of wood; Mask shows an elongated face with a greatly exaggerated forehead and nose; Entire surface of mask was painted black after it was carved, and then additional decorative carving was done on the forehead and cheeks to form a negative geometric pattern in the natural color of the underlying wood; Each eye is inset with a white cowrie shell; Small hole is cut at top of carving to allow for hanging the carving.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 35.2, Width = 8.4, Depth = 5.2

Catalog Number

CAS 2014-0001-0011   CAS 2014-0001-0011; Basket
Category Basketry
Object Name Basket
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Unidentified plant fibers
Description Large round tray with flat bottom and very low vertical sides, woven entirely in single rod coiled technique; Center design is a 14-point star in dark brown against a natural straw-colored background, all framed by a band of 25 contiguous dark brown triangles that are also on a natural straw-colored background; Sides of basket are dark brown; Final two coils flare out beyond the rim at two points opposite each other to form carrying handles and are woven in a herringbone pattern with alternate blocks of dark brown and natural straw-colored fibers.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 4.7, Rim Diam = 49.8, Max Diam = 58.8

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CAS 2014-0001-0012A,B   CAS 2014-0001-0012A,B; Slit drum with drum stick
Category Musical Instruments
Object Name Slit drum with drum stick
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Paint
Description A: Small slit drum in the form of a fish, carved from a single piece of wood; Fish has a somewhat stocky body with very short tail and is depicted with four ventral fins; The entire body, except for the tail and head, is covered by shallowly carved scales and is painted black; The tail and ventral fins are painted white; The eyes are inset with cowrie shells and are outlined in white paint and a wider area of white dots, the latter continuing up to the top of the head; Interior of fish’s body has been hollowed out, leaving a rectangular slit in place of the dorsal ridge; B: Short cylindrical wooden drumstick that is truncated at one end and tapered to a blunt point at the opposite end; Entire drumstick is painted black and decorated with 5 parallel encircling bands that are painted white.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 17.4, Width = 8.7, Length = 35.8

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0013   CAS 2014-0001-0013; Drum
Category Musical Instruments
Object Name Drum
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Animal hide; Synthetic string; Commercial cotton cloth; Earth pigment; Paint
Description Single-head hand drum with tall cylindrical hollow base made from a single piece of wood; Both ends of base flare outward, and top end is covered with a piece of very thin hide or skin that is stretched over the sides and secured with several wrappings of commercial synthetic string; Soft-sculpture ring that is coil wrapped in narrow strip of white cotton fabric is also positioned around the drum head; Drum head and upper and mid-section of drum’s base are all stained with red earth pigment, while lower portion of drum’s base is painted red.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 36.8, Max Diam = 13.1

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CAS 2014-0001-0014   CAS 2014-0001-0014; Dagger
Category Weaponry
Object Name Dagger
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Indonesia
State/Prov./Dist. Irian Jaya
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Bone; Resin; Nassa shells; Cassowary feathers; Native cordage
Description Dagger made from cassowary bird leg bone that has been diagonally cut and the cut end ground to a sharp point; The intact proximal end of the bone forms the core of an effigy head made by molding black resin around it and shaping it to the desired human facial form; Larger Nassa shells are pressed into the face for eyes and smaller ones on the top of the head and around perimeter of the chin; Three lengths of native cordage are looped through each ear and tied into a series of knots along their lengths; Numerous black cassowary feathers are inserted in a row along the top of the head.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 35.7, Width = 10.0 , Depth = 6.5

Catalog Number CAS 2014-0001-0015   CAS 2014-0001-0015; Dagger
Category Weaponry
Object Name Dagger
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Indonesia
State/Prov./Dist. Irian Jaya
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Bone; Resin; Cowrie (Cypraeidae) shells; Native cordage
Description Dagger made from cassowary bird leg bone that has been diagonally cut and the cut end ground to a sharp point; The intact proximal end of the bone forms the core of an effigy head made by molding black resin around it and shaping it to the desired human facial form; Cowrie shells are pressed into the face for eyes and in a band around the top of the head; Top of head is covered with short pieces of rust brown native cordage to suggest hair; Entire effigy and exterior surface of original bone are stained black.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 33.6, Width = 7.5, Depth = 9.5

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CAS 2014-0001-0016A,B   CAS 2014-0001-0016A,B; Slit drum with drum stick
Category Musical Instruments
Object Name Slit drum with drum stick
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Earth pigment or stain
Description A: Small slit drum carved from single log that has been hollowed out from the top, leaving an elongated “slit”; Bottom and ends of log have been cut off and sanded smooth, and stained pale red; Upper portion of one end of the log has been left attached and carved into the head of an unidentifiable animal with a long snout and short pointed ears, all stained a pale red color; Sides of log have been shallowly carved with areas of parallel crescents and areas of cross-hatched lines, the latter stained pale red; B: Short cylindrical drum stick carved from a single piece of wood; One end of stick is truncated, while opposite end expands slightly in diameter two times and is painted with pink earth pigment or stain at point of each expansion.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 9.2, Width = 8.8, Length = 44.9

Catalog Number

CAS 2014-0001-0017   CAS 2014-0001-0017; Bag
Category Textiles
Object Name Bag
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. East Sepik River Province
County
Other Geographic Data Palembei Village
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Commercial string; Aniline dyes
Description Large string bag made entirely with looped string with all-over pattern of horizontal bands in several shades of brown; Narrow band around top of bag is crocheted (?), also in several shades of brown; Ends of bags are drawn up together at top center eliminating any actual carrying strap; Bags of this type are used for carrying all manner of goods.
Dimensions (cm) Width = ca. 66.0, Length = ca. 79.0

Catalog Number

CAS 2014-0001-0018   CAS 2014-0001-0018; Bag
Category Textiles
Object Name Bag
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist. East Sepik River Province
County
Other Geographic Data Palembei Village
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1994
Collection Name N/A
Materials Commercial string; Aniline dyes
Description Large string bag made entirely with looped string with all-over pattern of horizontal bands in colors of yellow, rust brown, black, and white’ Narrow band around top of bag is crocheted (?) in colors of white, navy blue, yellow, and fuchsia; Single carrying strap is also crocheted (?) and is white; Bags of this type are used for carrying all manner of goods.
Dimensions (cm) Width = ca. 56.0, Length = ca. 94.5

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CAS 2014-0001-0019   CAS 2014-0001-0019; Bowl
Category Carvings; Vessels
Object Name Bowl
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Stain
Description Deep oval shaped bowl on pedestal foot and effigy handles, all carved from single piece of wood; Sides of bowl are rounded but rise steeply to a plain rim; Exterior is shallowly carved with geometric band along both upper sides and a third band that extends from each end towards the center, where it is interrupted by the pedestal ring foot which is also shallowly carved on its exterior; Interior of pedestal foot and remaining exterior is stained a rust brown color; Interior of bowl is roughly carved and stained black but is otherwise undecorated; Loop handle carved at each end of the bowl on the rim, extending into the bowl’s interior and beyond the rim on the exterior; Top of handle is in the form of an elongated face mask while the underside is in the form of a similar, but smaller face mask; Handles are stained black.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 13.2, Width = 15.5, Length = 49.4

Catalog Number

CAS 2014-0001-0020   CAS 2014-0001-0020; Figurine
Category Carvings; Folk Toys
Object Name Figurine
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Papua New Guinea
State/Prov./Dist.
County
Other Geographic Data
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Wood; Cotton (?) fabric
Description Figurine of a crocodile with carved wooden head and feet, attached to cloth body made from Indonesian ikat-dyed textile with banded design in colors of black, dark brown, and rust brown with white patterning.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 37.0, Width = 31.0, Depth = 10.5
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