Dance wand staff "temes"

Ref : Vanuatu 001

Dance wand staff temes Collected in southwest malekula island, Vanuatu (small nambas people-Lawa village) during the 60's and made of vegetal matter, boar tusks, wood and natural pigments this long nose puppet "asiling" fixed on a stick represents the son of Kaiwut Mansip, a mythological figure.

Total height : 31 inches / 80 cm

Mask only : 11 inches / 27 cm

Ex Nicolai Michoutouchkine (Russia-Vanuatu) collection

Ex Michael Kuntz (Houston-Texas) collection


Litterature : Felix Speiser " Ethonology of Vanuatu"

Estimated age : 1950-60