overmodeled skull, Vanuatu
Malekula Island, New Hebrides (Vanuatu), 1800-1900
Human skull, vegetal paste tree fern, fiber, pigments.
Length : 21,5 cm
Provenance : Acher Eskenasy collection, Paris
This exceptional heads is quite unique in the large corpus of overmodeld skulls from the New Hebrides.
First because it is the skull of an immature child, we ca observe it with the presence of milk teeth, confirmed by the scenography, which suggests the age of the subject was not exceeding ten and a half at the time of death.
Then, it is remarkable because of the graceful treatment of the face. The subtle modeling of the features and the delicately painted arabesque around the eyes indicates great attention has been devoted to render the charisma of the child; in the manner of the ancient Egyptians who made portrayals of their rulers for the hereafter, it reminds us the face of a young pharaoh, serene, facing,eternity.
N;b; : In Ancient Egypt, evidence of elongated skulls appears in all the members of the royal family during the Armana period, Including King Akhenaten, Queen Nefertiti, their six female children and Tutankhamun.
Price : on request