Image: Vest, Papua New Guinea E4884

Vest, Papua New Guinea E4884

Local name: Baja

Provenance: Mambare, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Pacific

This mourning vest was worn by a spouse, usually a woman, of a deceased person following the period of mourning. The Museum acquired the vest in 1894.

Description: woman's upper body garment; base of brown plant fibre, looped cord decorated with rows of red, black and white Job's tears seeds strung on thin fibre cord.

Length: 33.5cm; Width: 40.5cm

Emma Furno
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