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Pig Killer Club

Artist/Maker: Artist Unknown (Artist Unknown)

Date: late 19th to early 20th century
Medium: wood and pigment
Overall: 32 3/8 x 8 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (82.2 x 20.6 x 7 cm)
Classification: Weapons and Armor
Credit Line: Gift of The Rubin - Ladd Foundation
Object number: 2005.43.21
DescriptionVanuatu social life is dominated by grade ceremonies featuring pig sacrifices and the payment of numerous specially raised pigs by the man who aspires to a higher level of membership in one of the local grade Societies. A man’s social prestige in life as well as his position and importance as an ancestor depends on the grade he reaches in a life long sequence of ceremonies. Pigs represent wealth in traditional Vanuatu society, and especially valued are those whose curved lower tusks have been allowed to grow unimpeded in two or even three complete revolutions. The pigs are confined in pens and hand-fed a special diet.
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