Global Art & Artifacts

Shaman Bilum / Looped String Bag / Dam Kaal Men, Telefol. Central New Guinea.

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The bilum or flexible looped string bags are a durable and necessary accessory in the lives of New Guinea people.  Constructed from the inter-connected loops of bark fibers handspun into a very strong two-ply string.  Most times each bag is made from a single string.  They are made in various sizes and shapes… from large open-looped (for carryalls) to tighter loops (like knitted socks). 

This particular bilum is from a shaman who adorned the outside with bones, teeth and other spiritual articles.  I am not sure what was carried inside but usually items such as potions, leaves, human bones, herbs, plus other medicinal, spiritual and sacred materials.  Acquired from a wandering shaman in the hostile terrain of the Mountain Ok region near the Sepik River.

Includes the metal stand.

For the Serious Collector.

This item has been sold.  Thanks  M.S.  !!


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