Anthropomorphic puppet head/mask, Malekula Island, Vanuatu.
A rare Vanuatu Malekula Island mask with abstract human face, highly curved boar's tusks issuing from the cheeks, made of vegetable mass, beard made of spider web, painted in black and orange, mounted on pedestal; these figures are images of the souls of deceased persons. At initiation- and memorial ceremonies they appear as movable dolls above a screen of leaf material.
H: 42 cm / 16.5 inch
W: 19 cm / 7.5 inch
Provenance: Lot 364, 13 december 2010. Glerum Amsterdam (now AAG Arts & Antiques Group)
Price: € 1950,-