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This little fern tree grade figure still has an old label on it, and was once in an American collection. These rare figures originate in the jungle of Ambrym island, Olal, Vanuatu, an island of the New Hebrides near Australia. Vanuatu society is hierarchical, and this is expressed artistically. Certain groups of figures are made from black palm and tree fern, while stone figures and enormous drums are also known to reflect status and heritage of lineages. These particular figures are also related to rank; they cannot be carved until a pig has been presented to the village chief of the area in question, making them vastly expensive and thus rare.Fragile object. H= 48cm


Good condition. The fern is quite fragile, I will not take responsibility if it damages during transport.


43.6 x 47.5 x 5.9 cm

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Vanuatu Ambryn Islands Graded Society Fern Figure

Estimate €1,500 - €3,500Sep 22