Komanlasoa Malaon, Porang Enlarge 1 /1

Komanlasoa Malaon


Artist's cultural association:
Malakula (Malekula) Island region
Porang c.1962 Place made: Yabkoetas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, tree fern, ochre

Dimensions: 168.0 h x 22.0 w x 22.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the CAAB
Accession No: NGA 71.207.96

This Porang sculpture is exceptionally rare, if not unique, in museum collections. It can only be created for those whose are entering Nimangi poran, the final grade level in this area. This grade level is seldom attained, and up to ten pigs are required to pay for the rights to commission the Porang figure alone. Chief Komanlasoa Malaon, at the time of Charpentier’s visits, was the last living Botgate community member to have achieved this grade level some nine years earlier, and this Porang sculpture was kept in the Namal.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013

From: Crispin Howarth Kastom: Art of Vanuatu National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013