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Yam cult head (yina)

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In the Washkuk Hills bordering the upper Sepik, the Kwoma peoples and their closely related neighbors the Nukuma and Manambu share a unique tradition revolving around the cultivation of yams. An annual series of rituals associated with the yam harvest ensures the tuber's continuing abundance and...

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Collected by Douglas Newton, 1970, with others in Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchased from Staempfli Gallery, New York, January 1972. Given to the MFA by William and Bertha Teel in 1992.

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

Kwoma peoples, Papua New Guinea, 20th century


152.4 cm (60 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment, feathers


Africa and Oceania