Ceremonial Staff Sculpture - Wood, Vegetable fiber paste, Boar's tusks, Spider webs, Dry pigments, etc .. - ex coll. Y. Ydema (1947-2006) - Malekula, Vanuatu

Description
Ceremonial Staff Sculpture - Wood, Vegetable fiber paste, Boar's tusks, Spider webs, Dry pigments, etc .. - ex coll. Y. Ydema (1947-2006) - Malekula, Vanuatu
ca. 1940 - Fair

Ceremonial Staff Sculpture, Marionet, Malekula, Vanuautu, Melanesia

At times of important rituals, members of secret societies, such as nevimbur of South West Vanuatu, animated these types of puppet heads from behind the community's dancing-ground fence. Many of these ceremonies celebrated the attainment of higher status within the social and religious organizations known as "grade-taking" societies. Merit rather than birth determines grade or rank within such societies. (source of text: Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Note: there are cracks in the vegetable fibre paste sections and in the boar's tusks.

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Lot details
Object
Ceremonial Staff Sculpture
Indigenous object name
ex coll. Y. Ydema (1947-2006)
Region/ country
Malekula, Vanuatu
Material
Vegetable fiber paste, Boar's tusks, Spider webs, Dry pigments, etc .., Wood
Period
ca. 1940
Condition
Fair
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
60×25×27 cm
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