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Artist's cultural association:
Empuiltavu c.1970 Place made: Menmenboas Village, Malakula Island, Malampa Province, Vanuatu Melanesia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, wood, clay, ochre

Dimensions: 123.0 h x 14.0 w x 18.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased by J-M Charpentier on behalf of the CAAB
Accession No: NGA 71.207.45

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