Plumes and Pearlshells: Art of the New Guinea Highlands - Museum Bookstore

Plumes and Pearlshells: Art of the New Guinea Highlands

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The peoples of the New Guinea highlands are renowned for their 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.

Stanley Gordon Moriarty assembled one of the finest collections of these adornments 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 Art Gallery of New South Wales, 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.

  • Author: Natalie Wilson
  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Date published: June 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1741741056
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 24.1 cm