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


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.