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earth pigments on clay and fibre, bamboo, feathers
100.0 × 25.0 × 45.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Malekula Island / Banks Island, Vanuatu
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Fenn Hinchcliffe, Member, 2006
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The sculpture made with a papier-maché-like paste of fibre and clay, laid over a frame of bamboo frame, wood and decorated with colour schemes of body designs and feathers specific to the member's particular grade. Men grading ceremonies are performed in which a man can acquire a number of grades (status) in a life time.