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Subject:What is this?
Posted By: Ben Thompson Thu, Sep 07, 2017 IP: 173.89.5.199

Can anyone tell me what this was "hat" was used for, and about how long ago? It's very light, with a lot of "hair" usage on it.



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Subject:Re: What is this?
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Possibly a traditional Japanese rice straw raincoat and broom of the same material. I spent a long time in Southeast Asia and am ashamed to say I gained no particular proficiency in dating straw raincoats, but there seems to be a fair amount of information online, including the following for starters:


https://classic.liveauctioneers.com/item/19342648_a-japanese-straw-raincoat-and-hat-length-of-jacket-47

https://classic.liveauctioneers.com/item/45480240_peasant-in-straw-raincoat-japan-c1880

Best regards,

Bill H.

Subject:Re: What is this?
Posted By: Ben Thompson Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Thank you for the information! This hat is extremely intricate, though, compared to what I see there.

Subject:Re: What is this?
Posted By: Endre Sun, Sep 10, 2017

I hope this info helps, your post intrigued me. I would provide a link but I had trouble trying to add a link before on this iPad. I believe it is From Papua New Guinea, from Tambanum Village. If you go to Boise weekly.com., there is an article about art exhibit. A photo from the collection of Beth Sellars has an uncanny resemblance to yours. Made of plant fibers, clay, and pigments. The village is in middle Sepic river region. I do hope this helps, as I am quite uncertain in my research ability as of late

Subject:Re: What is this?
Posted By: Ben Thompson Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Thanks so much for that information! I can see somewhat of a resemblance there, but this is much more intricate.. I'll have to get some better pictures and upload them..

Subject:Re: What is this?
Posted By: Endre Sun, Sep 10, 2017

You will see it if you search Boiseweekly Papua New Guinea helmet mask


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