Image: Wig, Papua New Guinea E58235
Local name: arigl
Provenance: Barengigl village, Upper Chimbu River, Chimbu Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific
Such wigs were probably worn by important people in the community or by people who owned many pigs. The wig was bought by Southern International Films in 1955 and subsequently donated to the Museum. The company had acquired the wig as a prop while filming in Papua New Guinea.
Description: Human hair attached to vertical cane frame with woven plant fibre; clay adhering to hair; red cotton cloth trim bound to all edges with natural fibre cord; traces of yellow paint on clay and hair.
Height: 8cm; Length: 45cm; Width: 26cm
- Emma Furno
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