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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


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‘Biting the Doctor’s Arm’ by Mathias Kauage, 1990. This artwork portrays the artist’s own resistance to having an injection while a child in Papua New Guinea.

‘Biting the Doctor’s Arm’ by Mathias Kauage, 1990. MAA 2010.364

This artwork portrays the artist’s own resistance to having an injection while a child in Papua New Guinea, as well as the encounter between colonial Australian medics and Melanesian children.

Kauage was one of Papua New Guinea’s first internationally famous artists.


Two million years of human history. One million artefacts. Countless astonishing stories.