Malekula Island, Vanuatu, 1800-1900
Height : 24 cm
Dr. Hugh Gallagher collection, Sydney
This rare and ancient stone head depicts Lengnangoulong, an important mythological figure in the archipelago, who was both a powerful magician and a big eater of wild pigs. These stones are said to procure special powers to those who know how to use them. They mainly intervene during the ceremonies involving the sale and ritual sacrifice of the wild pigs. A group of similar magic stones are on view in the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris. One of them has been published numerous times and is kind of emblem of the art and culture of Vanuatu Islands.
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