Wooden sculpture depicting the Papua New Guinea Coat of Arms.
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander sculpture
L 170 x W 125 mm
History and use
This wooden carving depicts the current Papua New Guinea emblem/coat of arms. The new emblem was created as a result of the National Identity Ordinance that passed into law in 1971. The emblem was retained after Papua New Guinea gained independence in 1975 and is still in use today. The coat of arms depicts a Bird of Paradise, traditional spear, and Kundu drum.
This object was collected by donor Peter Watt in 1990 and donated to the Museum of Tropical Queensland in 2012.