Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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tekepe (men's chest ornament)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • tekepe (men's chest ornament), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • matoka vine, sing sing powder, weaving
  • : not measured; left in bag
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3977

The narrow sash is made of woven plant fiber. It has a raised chevron-like design and is covered with red pigment, identified as sing sing powder.

It was intended to be worn diagonally across the chest on special occasions. These are uncommon ornaments.