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.

Piction collections thumbnails

Unidentified Samoan maker
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Unidentified Samoan maker
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Stone Pestle
13.28.929
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Shark Hook
about 1839-1841
13.3.684
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4269
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4272
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4273
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4278
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4279
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Ancestor Board
1912
14.13.4285
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Headrest / Pillow (ira'ao)
collected 1912
14.13.4316
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Incised Belt
collected 1912
14.13.4323
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Net Belt, Beaded
collected 1912
171.29.25252
Meagoma/Karati village
Ancestral Board (gope)
collected in 1966
183.7.26393
Wowobo village
Ancestral board (gope)
collected in 1966
183.7.26395
Tongatapu Island
Barkcloth Mat
about 1987
2005.30.1
Tongatapu Island
Barkcloth Mat
mid-1980s
2005.30.2
Tongatapu Island
Decorative Belt
mid-1980s
2005.30.3
Tongatapu Island
Design Tablet for Barkcloth
about 1987
2005.30.4
Laben Sakale John, Papua New Guinean, born 1977
Cultural Heritage
2004
2005.43.1
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Ancestor Board (Gope)
collected 1912
34.36.5956
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
34.36.5985
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Green Stone Axe
collected 1912
34.36.5993
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
53.57.12919
Unidentified Kerewa maker
Incised Bark Belt
collected 1912
53.57.12924
Unidentified probably Elema maker
Eharo (Barkcloth Mask)
collected 1885
53.65.13194
Tonga Island Group
Basket
about 1900
53.65.13482
around Gope village
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27208
Unidentified Urama Island maker
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27209
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.27252
Unidentified Namau maker
Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)
20th century
990.54.27253
around Gope village
Female figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27364
Unidentified Abelam maker
Plaque
mid-20th century (probably before 1942)
990.54.27845
Unidentified Iatmul maker
Shield
20th century
990.54.27850
Unidentified Abelam maker
Headdress
990.54.28094
Unidentified Abelam maker
Headdress
990.54.28098
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.28152
Unidentified Samoan maker
Fishhook
999.44.33930
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33931
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33932
Unidentified Era River maker
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
2019.97.33
Unidentified Era River maker
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
2019.97.33