Ancestor figure, Vanuatu
New Hebrides, South Pacific, 19th century
Fern tree, remnants of natural pigments
Height : 110 cm
Provenance : Ralf Lüders, Stuttgart
Loed Van Bussel, Amsterdam
Fern tree sculptures from the New Hebrides representing human figures are extremely rare. Almost all of them were collected very early, at the turn of the twentieth century, by German and Swiss missions.
The Museum der Kulturen in Basel possess a few similar sculptures.
Price on request