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Temar ne sisi (Ancestor spirit figure)
(c. 2005)

earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on clay on fibre, wood and bamboo, cane, coconut husk, shell, pig tusk, feathers, gossamer
153.0 × 54.0 × 28.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Olal District, Ambrym, Vanuatu
Accession Number
Oceanic Sculpture / Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2009
© the artist
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
This ancestor figure is painted in deep blue, scarlet, pale blue, green, yellow ochre and white. The standing figure in frontal pose with penis sheath bears faces on both the arms and legs, decorated in red and blue pigments, echoing the markings on its face.