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Bilum

Object / Artefact › Pacific/Ethnology
  • Description
    Bilum - bag with finger knitting detail. One handle spanning opening. Striped horizontal grey, black,purple and red. One line of pink at its base. Synthetic wool and nylon cordage. Not lined. One pompom at the centre of the handle.
  • Other Number
    2017.90.1
  • Accession number
    2017.90.1
  • Accession date
    11 October 2017
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
Bilum; Papua New Guinea; 2017.90.1
Bilum; Papua New Guinea; 2017.90.1

Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2017.90.1
  • Notes
    Bilum production is one of the few opportunities for women to participate in the cash economy in Papua New Guinea. The iconography on full display on the bilums have increasingly come to reflect peoples political, cultural and religious affiliations. One of these bilums has the PNG post independence crest and the other typical aspects which points to West Papua origins.
  • Culture
  • Production
    Unknown (maker)
    Papua New Guinea
    Finger knitting/knitting/needlework
  • Consists of
    0 - Whole › wool (textile)
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 480mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 380mm
      (including handle)
  • Record created
    9 November 2016

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