Overmodeled ancestor skull - Vanuatu
Ref : Vanuatu 24
Human ancestor skull overmodeled
with vegetal matter and painted with natural pigments, presumably part
of a complete ancestor effigie. The body consist of a cane frame
overmodeled with vegetale-fiber paste, subsequently it was painted
decorated with bark belt, breast ornaments,
shells etc. The head after all is the overmodeled skull of the ancestor
himself, these ancestor effigies were called "Rambaramp".
Traditionally they were displayed shortly after the passing of a
individual in the ceremonial house of his village. With the fading of
the figures evidently lost their meaning; they were thrown out and given
or sold later on. Even individual skulls were kept in reminiscence of
persons and on special occasions were taken along to the ceremonial
This skull was collected by a french official during the 60's in Malekula island.
Litterature : Felix Speiser "
Ethonology of Vanuatu"
Estimated age : 1920-40