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Man As Art by Malcolm Kirk                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Samo tribesman, Sokabi village, Western Province, Papua New Guinea photo: © Malcolm Kirk

Malcolm Kirk traveled to Papua New Guinea in 1967. He returned repeatedly during the ensuing 13 years, documenting the extraordinary tribal decorations he had observed on that initial trip.

Sponsored by National Geographic, Malcolm Kirk documented the extraordinary tribal decorations of different tribes of Papua New Guinea in and published in 1981 in 'Man As Art: New Guinea.

Two tribal necklaces from Sepik River region in Papua New Guinea.

Two tribal necklaces from Sepik River region in Papua New Guinea. The one on the left has a long string of conus shell discs . The one on the right has a larger centrally-mounted conus shell disc.

Papua New Guinea half face close up by Eric Lafforgue, via Flickr

Papua New Guinea, Half Face Close Up; photograph by Eric Lafforgue. Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea | Mendi girl, Tente village, Southern Highlands.  Image from the publication Man As Art: New Guinea. | © Malcolm Kirk

Papua New Guinea - Mendi girl, Tente village, Southern Highlands. Image from the publication Man As Art: New Guinea.

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