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