Artist's cultural association:
Malakula (Malekula) Island region
Likakrak 1972 Place made: Dapojimelang or Yabkoetas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, tree fern, ochre
While similar to other tree-fern sculptures from the same region, this work was created for the second level of the female Nimangi grade system called ‘Likakrak’. The husband of the grade-taker’s female sponsor is allowed to create this figure, apparently from either wood or fern. To enter this grade level, a woman needs to possess three tusked prized pigs, but only one is sacrificed at the grade-taking event.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Crispin Howarth Kastom: Art of Vanuatu National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013