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

Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Samoa
Tapa
collected 1838-1842
13.2.614
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Stone Pestle
13.28.929
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Stone Pestle
13.28.929
Hawai'i (Hawaii)
Shark Hook
about 1839-1841
13.3.684
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4269
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4272
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4273
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4278
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
14.13.4279
Kerewa people
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Kerewa people
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Kerewa people
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Kerewa people
Drum
collected 1912
14.13.4282
Kerewa people
Ancestor Board
1912
14.13.4285
Kerewa people
Headrest / Pillow (ira'ao)
collected 1912
14.13.4316
Kerewa people
Incised Belt
collected 1912
14.13.4323
Kerewa people
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
Kerewa people
Ancestor Board (Gope)
collected 1912
34.36.5956
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
34.36.5985
Kerewa people
Green Stone Axe
collected 1912
34.36.5993
Kerewa people
Feather Headdress
collected 1912
53.57.12919
Kerewa people
Incised Bark Belt
collected 1912
53.57.12924
Kerewa people
Incised Bark Belt
collected 1912
53.57.12924
probably Elema People
Barkcloth Mask (Eharo)
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
Urama Island people
Female Figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27209
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.27252
Namau people
Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)
20th century
990.54.27253
Namau people
Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)
20th century
990.54.27253
around Gope village
Female figure (bioma or agiba)
20th century
990.54.27364
Abelam people
Plaque
990.54.27845
Abelam people
Plaque
990.54.27845
Iatmul people
Shield
20th century
990.54.27850
Iatmul people
Shield
20th century
990.54.27850
Abelam people
Headdress
990.54.28094
Abelam people
Headdress
990.54.28098
Kerewa Area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
990.54.28152
Samoa
Fishhook
999.44.33930
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33931
Tonga Island Group
Fishhook
999.44.33932
Turama River area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
el.990.54.27897
Turama River area
Ancestral Board (gope)
20th century
el.990.54.27897
Era River people
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
el.990.54.27905
Era River people
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
el.990.54.27905
Era River people
Ancestral Board (Gope)
early 20th century
el.990.54.27905