Artist's cultural association:
Malakula (Malekula) Island region
Empuiltavu c.1970 Place made: Menmenboas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, clay, ochre
This work is the grade-marker for the Mael, the eighth grade of Nimangi for Menmenboas village.
As part of this grade event, the grade-taker performs a dance while wearing a Napal headdress.
The grade-taker is required to own two prized pigs with circular tusks, but only one of the pigs is sacrificed at the ceremony.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Crispin Howarth Kastom: Art of Vanuatu National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013