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String bag, tiyaapl men
String bag, tiyaapl men
Date:
mid 20th century
Location:
de Young
Gallery 30
Century:
Media:
Fiber, Cassowary, Red And White Bird Of Paradise Feathers
Dimensions:
61 x 30.5 x 35.6 cm (24 x 12 x 14 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Oceania
Culture/People:
Telefol Language Speakers
Accession Number:
2007.44.135
Acquisition Date:
2007-10-11
Credit Line:

Gift of Marcia and John Friede in honor of Diane B. Wilsey and Harry S. Parker III

Exhibition History:

2005 - New Guinea Art. Masterpieces from the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede. De Young Museum, San Francisco, 2005.

Bilum were worn by men who had achieved the highest level of initiation. It was hand-spun and looped with bark fiber adorned with black cassowary plumes. The bag is remarkably similar in appearance to an actual cassowary tail.

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Nose ornament (bi pane)
Bracelet
Bracelet (20th century)
Pipe
Pipe (20th century)