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Net bag (bilum)

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Many objects, including netbags, came directly from the Asmat region to the United States through handicraft cooperatives and churches. Such centers helped revitalize declining art traditions and created economic opportunities for the Asmat. Common throughout New Guinea, these bags are versatile...

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By 1980s, Cultural Revival Bazaar, Cambridge, MA; 1980s, sold at Cultural Revival Bazaar to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Asmat peoples, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia


Overall: 79(ind. handle and "fringe") x 31 x 23 cm (31 1/8 x 12 3/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Braided vine, dye


Africa and Oceania