Female Ancestral Figure, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Lot 79
Female Ancestral Figure, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
Sold for US$ 1,875 inc. premium
Auction Details
Oceanic Art San Francisco
11 Feb 2012 7:00 PST

Auction 20157
Female Ancestral Figure, Malekula Island, Vanuatu Vanuatu Figure
Lot Details
Female Ancestral Figure, Malekula Island, Vanuatu
height 35in (89cm)
Provenance:
Collected in 1935 by Charles Lewis, camera man and personal trainer of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. while looking for shooting locations of the future movie "Tarzan".

The black and white picture shown here was taken in 1935 and depicts tribesman coming back from a hunt (the figure is shown in the top middle area). They are preparing to cook the animal that they killed earlier.

Lewis exchanged a rifle with a Malekula Island chief for the present work.
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  1. Fredric Backlar
    Specialist - African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
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