University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:82-11-1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Melanesia
New Hebrides
Efate
Port Vila
Date Made: Before 1971
Early Date: 1950
Late Date: Before 1971
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Fernwood
Height: 233 cm
Credit Line:Gift of William Kohler, 1982

Description

Male figure carved from the trunk of a species of giant fern. Large head with concave face and beaked nose, arms on abdomen, legs carved into column of trunk. Such figures are carved and set up in village plazas to commemorate the passage of a man from one formal social rank to another. Malekula style: made by a carver from Malekula, working at the time in Port Vila .


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