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ART OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, the Museum's comprehensive Pacific Islands collection contains diverse objects from the vast cultural regions of Australia, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The collection consists of masks, personal adornments, feast bowls, figures, musical instruments, weapons of warfare, and objects related to ocean travel.  Highlights of the collection include a Fijian Breastplate made of sperm whale ivory and pearl shell, a rare Korewori Caves Bird-shaped Headdress, and a wooden club from the Marquesas Islands.  Gifts from Morton D. May represent 71 percent of the entire Pacific Islands collection.

View our Art of the Pacific Islands Collection

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Related Programs

Arts of the Pacific Islands
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, November 20, 11:00 am
Friday, November 21, 6:00 pm

Join Aoife O'Brien, Mellon Fellow in Oceanic Art, for a lively and informative discussion on Art of the Pacific Islands.

Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, the Museum's comprehensive Pacific Islands collection contains diverse objects from the vast cultural regions of Australia, Indonesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The collection consists of masks, personal adornments, feast bowls, figures, musical instruments, weapons of warfare, and objects related to ocean travel.  Highlights of the collection include a Fijian breastplate made of sperm whale ivory and pearl shell, a rare Korewori Caves bird-shaped headdress, and a wooden club from the Marquesas Islands.  Gifts from Morton D. May represent 71% of the entire Pacific Islands collection.

View our Art of the Pacific Islands Collection


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