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Figure head, Temes Nevinbur
(20th century)

wood, fibre, leaf, clay, pigment, tusk
16.0 × 23.0 × 33.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1972
© the artists
Gallery location
Not on display
The head is made from vegetable fibre wrapped around a short cylindrical stick and tied across the back with string. The face is modelled in fibre and a vegetable paste, thickly applied and painted brown,red, black and white. Eyebrows are heavy ridge, eyes stand out, nose is very long and cylinder rounded at the end.