Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Chubwan Mask

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Chubwan Mask
Image View: 
Overall view from right
Creator: 
unknown (Vanuatu)
Location: 
repository: Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (Paris, Île-de-France, France) 72.1999.7.3
Location Note: 
From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present (2018 exhibition)
Date: 
ca. 1870-1899 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Melanesian; Vanuatu
Style Period: 
Nineteenth century; Vanuatu
Work Type 1: 
ceremonial mask
Work Type 2: 
sculpture (visual work)
Classification: 
Sculpture and Installations
Material: 
wood
Technique: 
carving (processes)
Measurements: 
36.5 cm (height) x 12.5 (width) x 12.3 cm (depth)
Subjects: 
deities; Masks; ritual object; Oceanic
Description: 
This chubwan mask is from Ambrym Island or Pentecost Island in Malampa, Vanuatu. Chubwan are carved from hardwood with a domed forehead and pierced septum through a bulbous nose. The nose reveals a long neglected practice on Pentecost of nasal piercing, or it may be a vulgar caricature of people from adjacent islands who continued this practice into the early twentieth century. Very little is actually known about the true purpose of chubwan as tradition associated with this mask ceased long ago. Formerly in the collection of Paul Penot. (Source: National Gallery of Australia (NGA) [website]; https://cs.nga.gov.au/)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
7A3-AFRICAN-FAFFM-CM-A03
Rights: 
© Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc.