DescriptionVANUATU, (formerly New Hebrides), Melanesia
Fernwood, clay, resin, pigments, boar tusks, fiber
A mask worn during rank-taking ceremonies in the men's society as an individual moves to a higher rank. This activity is strictly regulated, but motivation is high because the prestige of an ancestor after death depends upon the rank he achieved in life. The candidate must accumulate wealth for feasts and "kill" artworks belonging to lower ranks in a public ceremony, afterwards putting on the mask proper for the new, higher rank. Boar tusks are often a component of these masks because they are scarce, and pigs represent wealth.
Height: 10 inches
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.
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