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Plumes and Pearlshells
Author: Natalie Wilson

ISBN: 9781741741056
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 1 June 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 30.8 x 24.1 x 2.0
Description:
Spectacular exchange ceremonies involving hundreds of dancers festooned with elaborate body adornments including highly prized bird of paradise plumes and the revered kina, or pearlshell is something for which the peoples of the New Guinea highlands are renowned. Appreciating the sophistication and sheer beauty of these adornments, Stanley Gordon Moriarty assembled one of the finest collections including exquisitely constructed head dresses, arm- and legbands, ear- and nose-rings and necklaces, made of feathers, shell, bark cloth, animal and plant fibres and natural pigments. This book presents highlights from this extraordinary collection, now held by the Gallery, as well as other superb pieces used in rituals, war and daily life such as rare gourd masks, painted shields, carved spears, woven and carved figures, textiles and dance masks.

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