Melanesia, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (New Hebrides), 20th Century / Grade Society Figure / c. 1930Melanesia, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (New Hebrides), 20th Century
Grade Society Figure
c. 1930

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Pacific; Melanesian
Creator Name-CRT: Melanesia, Ambrym Island, Vanuatu (New Hebrides), 20th Century
Title: Grade Society Figure
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1925
Creation End Date: 1935
Creation Date: c. 1930
Creation Place: New Hebrides, Ambrym Island, Melanesia
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: fernwood
Dimensions: Overall: 210.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1971.272
Credit Line: Gift of Herbert Baker
Context: In the islands of Vanuatu, communities carved large statutes to honor ancestors. The figures were often erected near men's-society houses, in conjunction with celebrations marking an individual's attainment of a new rank or grade. Carved from the trunks of fernwood trees, the ancestor statues were originally covered with mud plaster and painted with many colors. The large heads typical of these sculptures symbolize the ancestors' spiritual power, or "mana".
AMICA ID: CMA_.1971.272
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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