Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bilum (bag)
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • bilum (bag), late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • matoka bark fiber, pigment, string, netting
  • Object Height/Width: 123 x 41 cm
    Object Height/Width: 48 7/16 x 16 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6786
Label Text

The bag is made from netted bark string. It is a "U" shaped bag with two straight extensions at the upper edge for the handle. The edge was rubbed with red pigment but the bag is brown. A large white string is threaded through near the bottom.