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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
Gallery location
Not on display
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.