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Puppet head (Temes Nevimbur)

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At times of important rituals, members of secret societies, such as nevimbur of central Vanuatu, animated these types of puppet heads from behind the community's dancing-ground fence. Many of these ceremonies celebrated the attainment of higher status within the social and religious...

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By 1948, Galerie Carrefour (Pierre Verite); 1948, sold by Galerie Carrefour to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Oceanic, Malekula Island, Vanuatu, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Ambrym or South Malekula, Vanuatu


Overall: 48 x 11 x 10 cm (18 7/8 x 4 5/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, plant fibers, pigment


Africa and Oceania