Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Lot 11
Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
US$ 6,000 - 8,000
€5,100 - 6,800

African and Oceanic Art

5 Dec 2017, 13:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Big Nambas Peoples Sacred Spear, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Bamboo, wood, human bone, fiber
height 54 1/8in (137.5cm)

Provenance
Dr. Augustin Kramer, collected in the early 1900s
Private American Collection

Published
Hurst, Norman, Power and Prestige: The Art of Island Melanesia and the Polynesian Outliers, Cambridge: Hurst Gallery, 1996, fig. 42

Bearing two collection inscriptions in black marker on the midsection and lower section of the bamboo shaft: "Dr. A. Kramer/N.C.1249 Espiritu Santo"

Although Dr. Kramer's inscription says Espiritu Santo, the style of carving is certainly from Malekula Island, immediately to the south of Espiritu Santo. Felix Speiser (Ethnology of Vanuatu - An Early Twentieth Century Study, [1923], trans. D.Q. Stephenson, Crawford House Press, Bathurst, Australia, p. 204) notes that there was much interisland trade, especially of weapons and clubs.
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