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Ancestor figure
(c. 1986)

wood, earth pigments on clay and fibre, teeth
120.3 × 17.9 × 15.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Accession Number
Oceanic Sculpture / Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Todd Barlin, 2009
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 ancestor figure closely resembles the spirit bow from Malekula. The figurine at the centre of the stave is set with pigment and fibre to create an anthropomorphic face with prominent and protruding beak-like nose just above an open mouth with two sets of teeth. The stylised face is painted with black, white and red pigment.