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Oceania

Oceania centres on the islands of the Pacific Ocean and includes Australia, the Solomon Islands and Easter Island. The objects in this collection provide insights into the lifestyle and customs of the people of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia and some represent irreplaceable examples of native craftsmanship.

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Shield : parrying

Shield : parrying

Heavy wooden shield of lop-sided lozenge section. The decoration is composed of bands of vertical wavy lines cut through by horizontal bands filled wi...

Tiki

Tiki

Head facing over right shoulder, hands on thighs, 3 fingers on each. Paua shell eyes. Female. Remains of suspension loop of cloth and fibre wrapped ro...

Shield : parrying

Shield : parrying

Shield of lop-sided lozenge section. Decoration of horizontal wavy lines filled with white pipe clay is broken at 180 mm intervals by a smooth piece o...

Shield : parrying

Shield : parrying

Light-coloured wood of triangular section with the hand grip cut from the solid. Ornately decorated with large Xs coloured red with a double wavy line...

Shield : battle

Shield : battle

Light wooden shield of concave section, the handle being formed of a branch protruding through the front of the shield. One elongated end has been men...

Cloak : feather

Cloak : feather

Was originally a red background with one large yellow double - crescent at the back and two nearer the skirt edge. Down each side there are 3 yellow t...

Queen Charlotte

Queen Charlotte

This is one of a pair of sperm whale scrimshaw teeth showing a full-length royal portrait of Queen Charlotte (wife of George III). If the portraits ar...

Nude chalk figures

Nude chalk figures

Male and female figures made from the chalk deposits on the Rossel Mountains, South Pacific. Each figure has a small prop underneath to stick in the ...

Pillow

Pillow

Neckrest or pillow cut from solid block of wood with curved legs and bar. The wood is highly polished Pacific Islanders used wooden headrests to prot...

Portrait of Kuha, Native of Ngaiterangi Tribe, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Portrait of Kuha, Native of Ngaiterangi Tribe, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Oil painting on wood - Portrait of Kuha, Native of Ngaiterangi Tribe, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand...

Shield : battle

Shield : battle

Oval shield, concave with both ends noticeably flared. One end is broken and mended with fibre and black gum. The decoration is in groups of vertical ...

Carved Wooden Figure

Carved Wooden Figure

Carved and painted wooden spirit figure from the Huon Gulf region of New Guinea. These figures were set up in the men’s houses to provide a resting pl...

Cook's first and second voyage

Cook's first and second voyage

Cook atlas first volume illustrating the Pacific voyages of Captain Cook (c. 1785). There are two volumes, consisting of maps and engraved illustratio...

Basket

Basket

Lidded gourd with globular body narrowing at top, which has been entirely encased in twined split root (probably Freycinetia arborea) in colours of bl...

Cook's third voyage

Cook's third voyage

Cook Atlas, second volume, constisting of maps and engraved illustrations. The Cook atlases cover the three epic voyages of Captain james Cook in the ...

Fan

Fan

Hawaiian fan of typical curved form made from tightly woven pandanus leaf. A pattern of human hair and red and purple wool is woven into the handle po...

TAPA; Cloak : Tapa

TAPA; Cloak : Tapa

Yellowish tapa with stamped ferns and flower decoration in red around the edge and intermittently overall....

King George III

King George III

This is one of a pair of whale scrimshaw teeth showing a have full-length portrait of George III (1760 – 1820) holding a crown and sceptre. The illust...

Tree Fern Head

Tree Fern Head

In Vanuatu, large ancestor figures were carved from tree ferns. The position of a man in his lifetime related directly to his status as an ancestor in...

Shield : battle

Shield : battle

Light oval wooden shield with elongated ends. The section is concave and the handle is cut from the solid. Decoration consists of sharp running chevro...

Pillow

Pillow

Neckrest or pillow cut from solid block of wood with curved legs and bar....

TAPA; Cloth : tapa figure

TAPA; Cloth : tapa figure

Small figure made from a vegetable fibre core within a sewn casing of tapa cloth. The figure has a large head and attenuated body. It is seated with t...

SPEAR

SPEAR

Smooth fairly heavy wood that is split at the handle end of the shaft. Has been mended in 6 places by bulky wrappings of fibre covered with black gum....

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