Image: Anthropomorphic figure, Papua New Guinea E88770
Provenance: Longo village, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific
This doll is a 'tourist' copy of a traditional 'payback' doll which was a stylized image of a person who had been killed; the doll was discarded when the death was avenged. It was purchased by Judith Hobbs who lived in the Highlands for over two years in the 1990s. Ms Hobbs donated it to the Museum in 1996.
Description: standing male figure with raised arms; face painted black with red design; cowrie shell eyes and white seed teeth; body painted black with red stripes; red, green, white and blue netted string and fibre topknot headdress; red, green, white and blue netted string skirt at front; leaf skirt at back; cane tube chest ornament; job's tear seed neck and arm bands.
Length: 54cm; Width: 36cm
- Emma Furno
- © Australian Museum