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
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
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
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)
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
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
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