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Melanesia, Polynesia, & Micronesia

Holdings feature the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection—an important gift of over 1,000 objects including ancestor boards, bark paintings, helmet masks from Papua New Guinea, and slit drums and fern figures from Ambrym Island—as well as small collections from Polynesia and Micronesia.

Tapa
Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Tapa
Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Stone Pestle
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Stone Pestle
13.28.929
Shark Hook
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Shark Hook
about 1839-1841
13.3.684
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4269
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4272
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4273
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4278
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4279
Drum
Kerewa people
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Ancestor Board
Kerewa people
Ancestor Board
1912
14.13.4285
Headrest / Pillow (ira'ao)
Kerewa people
Headrest / Pillow (ira'ao)
collected 1912
14.13.4316
Incised Belt
Kerewa people
Incised Belt
collected 1912
14.13.4323
Net Belt, Beaded
Kerewa people
Net Belt, Beaded
collected 1912
171.29.25252
Ancestral Board (gope)
Meagoma/Karati village
Ancestral Board (gope)
collected in 1966
183.7.26393
Ancestral board (gope)
Wowobo village
Ancestral board (gope)
collected in 1966
183.7.26395
Barkcloth Mat
Tongatapu Island
Barkcloth Mat
about 1987
2005.30.1
Barkcloth Mat
Tongatapu Island
Barkcloth Mat
mid-1980s
2005.30.2
Decorative Belt
Tongatapu Island
Decorative Belt
mid-1980s
2005.30.3
Design Tablet for Barkcloth
Tongatapu Island
Design Tablet for Barkcloth
about 1987
2005.30.4
Cultural Heritage
Laben Sakale John, Papua New Guinean, born 1977
Cultural Heritage
2004
2005.43.1
Ancestor Board (Gope)
Kerewa people
Ancestor Board (Gope)
collected 1912
34.36.5956
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
34.36.5985
Green Stone Axe
Kerewa people
Green Stone Axe
collected 1912
34.36.5993
Feather Headdress
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
53.57.12919
Incised Bark Belt
Kerewa people
Incised Bark Belt
collected 1912
53.57.12924
Barkcloth Mask (Eharo)
probably Elema People
Barkcloth Mask (Eharo)
collected 1885
53.65.13194
Basket
Tonga Island Group
Basket
about 1900
53.65.13482
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
around Gope village
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27208
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
Urama Island people
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27209
Ancestral Board (gope)
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.27252
Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)
Namau people
Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)
20th century
990.54.27253
Female figure (bioma or agiba)
around Gope village
Female figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27364
Plaque
Abelam people
Plaque
990.54.27845
Shield
Iatmul people
Shield
20th century
990.54.27850
Headdress
Abelam people
Headdress
990.54.28094
Headdress
Abelam people
Headdress
990.54.28098
Ancestral Board (gope)
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.28152
Fishhook
Samoa
Fishhook
999.44.33930
Fishhook
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33931
Fishhook
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33932
Ancestral Board (gope)
Turama River area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
EL.990.54.27897
Ancestral Board (Gope)
Era River people
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
EL.990.54.27905
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