Australian Franciscan Father Edward Roper (1921-1996) started his work in Sissano 1948. After earning the respect of the Sissano people by allegedly diving into the crocodile infested lagoons, he was initiated by the elders of the community.
These 23 ornaments were presented to him as a part of the initiation process. Father Edward has worn this ornaments probably only once and stored it afterwards in this old red wooden box.
The lot includes:
Two headdresses (cassowary feathers, cloth).
A bark belt,
A small painted tapa-beg with two shell rings.
A twin shell ring bound by pink woven sennit fibre threaded with trade beads and cowrie shell.
Two multicolor glass bead necklaces in a old tobacco tin.
Three multicolor glass bead necklaces.
A glass bead hairnet with cuscus fur and shells.
A set of four woven arm and leg bands treated with glass beads and carved shell rings.
Three multicolor glass bead arm bands.
A smaller bilum bag.
Two shop-soiled calico cloth (made in Japan).
A wooden peace (phallus?).
A red wooden box.
A book including a photo of Father Edward and some photos of the Papua wearing similar ornaments.
Lawsons' auction catalog 2000.
Provenience: Edward Roper (1940s-1996), Edward's Sister.
Lawsons Auctioneers, Sydney (22.05.2000),
German Privat Collection (clearing).
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- Numero totale di oggetti
- Ornamenti completi per il corpo di un maschio iniziato
- Sissano (Papua Nuova Guinea settentrionale)
- Materiali diversi
- metà del XX secolo
- Eccellenti condizioni
- Venduto con supporto
- 505×310×190 mm