Old Malakula maskOrigin: VanuatuDate: Mid 20th centuryMaterials: Wood, vegetable fiber, pig tusks, paintSize: 50 x 32 cmThis mask comes from southern Malakula Island in Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides) east of Australia. Many Vanuatu people have complex men's secret societies, which involve a series of ritual "grades" through which individuals pass, by means of initiation rites, festivals, and pig sacrifices, in order to achieve increasing religious and social status. Comes on a wooden stand
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