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Artist's cultural association:
Likakrak 1972 Place made: Dapojimelang or Yabkoetas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, tree fern, ochre

Dimensions: 122.0 h x 19.0 w x 22.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the CAAB
Accession No: NGA 71.207.44

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