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009 - Penis Sheath (phallocrypt)
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DATE 19th - 20th century
AUTHOR Unknown Artist - Papua New Guinea
MEDIA Gourd - decorated with twine and paint
SIZE 28 cm (11") long x 2,9 cm (1.125") in diameter at the opening
LOCATION Private collection
NOTES Papua New Guinea - middle Sepik river - Mumeri, Kamindabit, Kararau, and Mamen villages, Latmul people

Penis gourds were once the main clothing of many New Guinea men. Now they are worn only ceremonially although in some areas it is still the preferred mode of dress.

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