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Ancestor figure on conch shell
(c. 1986)

earth pigment, conch shell, palm leaf, clay, fibre
60.5 × 40.9 × 15.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Todd Barlin, 2009
© the artists
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The very powerful ancestor figure resembles to the vegetable fibre, clay, spider wed and pigment sculptures of South Malekula. Constructed from a frame over-modelled with vegetable fibre and pigments, the figure is set on a large conch shell and decorated with bold lines painted with black and white pigments.