Papua New Guinea – Other objects
No museum collection can give an accurate reflection of a people’s entire material culture – and material culture is only one part of life. Some things are too big to collect – such as buildings or boats (although these do exist in Europe’s biggest museums). Some things are too ephemeral, or cannot be collected because they are part of people’s bodies – such as hairstyles, body painting and tattoos. Sometimes travellers collected these things by photographing them instead.
BuildingsThe photograph  shows the impressive men’s house in Delena, the village where Dauncey worked.
Body artThe photograph  shows off the tattoos on a young woman’s back, neck, arms and legs.
There are objects – and parts of objects
– in Plymouth’s Papua New Guinea collection that we have not been able to identify. We don’t know what this object was used for. Can you help?
View the record for the mystery object in Plymouth’s collection.