The Hood’s holdings of Oceania art number nearly 2,400 objects. Though they include important works of art from every major geographic region, the collection is particularly strong in the art of Papua New Guinea, ranking among the best collections in the country of art from Melanesia. The Oceanic collection also includes works from Australia, including a bullroarer from Mornington island, a Pintjajara carrying dish (coolimon) from Central Australia, boomerangs, and spear throwers. Individual works of great cultural significance hail also from the many islands of the southern Pacific region, including monumental fern figures from Vanuatu, tapa cloth from Polynesia, and a variety of body adornments from the various islands of the Pacific.
Last Updated: 8/24/07