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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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Provenance

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.2759

Medium or Technique

Braided vine, dye

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Textiles