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Phallocrypts from Papua New Guinea and Papua (Irian Jaya), Indonesia

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[This gourd phallocrypt is supported by a thin string tied around the man's waist: 23k]

In remote areas, like the Baliem Valley of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, phallocrypts are still worn by men as everyday dress. They may also be worn in Papua New Guinea during ceremonies.

Figure 1: This Dani man walked into Wamena, Irian Jaya, Indonesia from his village in the Baliem Valley. His gourd sheath is called a koteka. It is supported by a thin string around his waist.

Figure 2: Three gourd phallocrypts from the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. The women have woven a knotted design made from bilum string around each gourd and added seeds for tassels. The ones made for sale to tourists can be quite elaborate with woven faces and lots of seed and shell decorations.

[ 3 gourd phallocrypts: 15k]

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China: Bai textiles/art TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

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Artifacts on this site were collected in the field by my husband, Ron Perry. I take the photographs, do the html, text and maps. Background in Who We Are. Art-Pacific has been on the WWW since 1996. We hope you enjoy our New Guinea tribal art and Indonesian folk art as much as we do. by Carolyn Leigh is licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0