MAGNT OBJECTS

PAPUA NEW GUINEA COLLECTION

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory has a significant collection of Papua New Guinean art and artefacts. The collection has grown through purchases as well as the generosity of donors over many years. Many works were collected in the field and later donated to MAGNT.

 

Works acquired from regions across PNG convey the strong grasp of customary belief and innovative practice in the art created in these areas. Shields, masks, body adornment and objects demonstrate the rich belief systems that continue to inform PNG life and showcase the regional differences in style across the country.

Overmodelled wooden head
Unknown maker
Iatmul cultural area, East Sepik Province
Overmodelled wooden head, 20th century
Wood, clay, shell, bone, human hair, seeds, pigments
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Gift of Dr Rolf Gerritson 1984
Headdress
Unknown maker,
Headdress 20th century,
Abelam cultural area, East Sepik Province
Cassowary feathers, plant fibre
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Purchased 1980
Dagger
Unknown maker
Iatmul cultural area, East Sepik Province
Dagger, 20th century
bone, clay, shell, human hair, seeds, plant fibre, pigments
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Purchased 1973
Didagur (mask)
Unknown maker
Kaningara cultural area, East Sepik Province
Didagur (mask)- male, 20th century
Plant fibre, wood, feathers, seeds, pig tusks, pigments
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Purchased 1982
Necklace
Unknown maker
Huli cultural area, Southern Highlands Province
Necklace, 20th century
Pigs tusks, Hornbill, plant fibre
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Gift of John Hocknull 1982
Canoe prow
Unknown maker
Watam cultural area, East Sepik Province
Canoe prow, 20th century
Wood, pigments
Collection of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Purchased 1982
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Museum and Art Gallery of
the Northern Territory

GPO Box 4646, Darwin NT 0801

+61 8 8999 8264

info@magnt.net.au
MAGNT acknowledges the traditional owners of country across the Northern Territory and beyond, and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
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