Papuan Gulf Bark Belt -UQ Anthropology MuseumYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Acquisition date: 1949
This is an incised bark belt with a repeating pattern of ‘stars’ or ‘crosses’ and circles, flanked by two (human-like) ancestral figures at each end between a zig-zag pattern at the edges. The design was popular among the communities of the Papuan Gulf Province.
Papuan bark belts were once a status symbol among men with popularity waning around the 1930s. As a Papuan man’s status grew, his belt was upgraded from the plain bark belt of an initiate to the finely detailed and coloured belt worn by the warrior.
This is one of many Australian and Pacific Indigenous artworks and artefacts cared for by the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.
See @travelsintime for more information on this belt and how it was modelled.
(Student project created using Agisoft Metashape and Meshlab for Digital Heritage MUSM7011)