Ceremonial Bark Belt Papuan Gulf Area New Guinea
|Size||20 cm x 19cm|
This fine old ceremonial Bark Belt is from Papuan Gulf Area in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. In several areas of Papua New Guinea men made and wore bark belts like this fine example. In the Papuan Gulf area only men of a certain level of male initiation could wear a Bark Belt and each clan had specific designs that could be used.
To make a Bark Belt like this the bark would have been stripped off a large tree and while still supple they would have be cut and then carved with the incised clan designs, later when dry they would highlight the carving by adding ochre colour as this example. It would be worn around the waist with other accoutrements like leaves & tapa cloth and shell ornaments.
This is a superb example because of the extremely well carved designs and the near perfect condition. The Bark Belt was collected in the 1960’s and it would date from the 1940’s or earlier.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Papua New Guinea Art
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