Monday, January 30, 2006

Vanautu Cultural Centre


Mask from the the Vanuatu Cultural Centre's collection.
According to Otago Museum in New Zealand - "In Vanuatu, society was based on a ‘grade system’ that involved advancement through the ranks. This was a lifelong process with spiritual power being attributed according to grade. Generally, only men were included in this grade system that involved the making of and performing with masks."Posted by Picasa

2 comments:

Anne said...

Wow this one looks very interesting..does it have a history or somthing?

michael said...

Anne - good question - as one might expect masks are about status and there are many. I don't know the history of this one - but one can imagine.