Tag Archives: Denise O’Brien

Shell money

The token, shown above, is a form of currency made in New Guinea.  A closer examination reveals its intricate construction.  Once again, thanks to Heather – a more careful description can be recorded. The piece is made up of many … Continue reading

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Knotted string body armor

The knotted string body armor, shown below, is made from the inner bark of a tree.  It was collected in Papua New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Indonesia by Denise O’Brien. “The knotting uses variations on a continuous figure-8 technique. The string … Continue reading

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Wayang Kulit

Designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Wayang Kulit (also known as Javanese shadow puppet theater) is a form of traditional theater from Indonesia that has been performed for centuries.  Below is a … Continue reading

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The Denise O’Brien Collection

Dr. Denise O’Brien, former longtime Temple Anthropology faculty member, began her research among the Dani people of the Konda Valley in the Western New Guinea Highlands in the 1960s while a graduate student at Yale University.  She came to Temple … Continue reading

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