Oceanic Art

Please note that the Oceanic Art galleries are temporarily closed.

More than 100 examples of Oceanic Art—from Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia and Indonesia—are in the Museum's collection. These objects include masks, figures, fabrics, architectural elements, and bowls and other utilitarian items. Among the important pieces from Melanesia are canoe prows, shields, jewelry, figures, masks, and house posts. The cultures of New Ireland, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, the Tobriand (Kiriwina) Islands, and the large island of New Guinea are particularly well represented. The Polynesian collection includes two fine Hawaiian food bowls, a number of tapa cloth (bark cloth) pieces, and wooden items from the Marquesas Islands.