Asax, Ndram tan mwilip Enlarge 1 /1

Asax

Vanuatu


Artist's cultural association:
Malakula (Malekula) Island region
Ndram tan mwilip 1973 Place made: Menmenboas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, clay, ochre, feathers, boar tusks

Dimensions: 202.0 h x 34.0 w x 40.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the CAAB
Accession No: NGA 71.207.105

This form of sculpture is connected to yam-growing cycles and the fourth grade level of Natoer noemeu. The sculpture is long and slender, similar to Natoer tan mwilip, and is said to represent a growing yam. To earn the right to create this work two pigs are required and the sculpture is then placed near to village’s gardens until the yams are ready to collect.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013

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