Lot 104: An Eastern Highlands dance headdress

An Eastern Highlands dance headdress, Siane people; Eastern Highlands; Papua New Guinea

Of geometricized form, the plank with half-circular cut-out at top, and triangular cut-out beneath it, the bottom with half-circular cut-out to be attached to the head; One side in Black, white, red, yellow and purple pigments with radiating circle, the other with black and yellow alternating zigzag band with white highlights. Small puncture marks made at all the linear surfaces. H. 35"

Though made in the 1970's or slightly later, this headdress, known as a 'gerua' was traditionally used in dances according John C. Edler, the field collector.

Property of a New York Private Collector

Field collected by John C. Edler in The Southern Highlands among the Siane over 20 years ago

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

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