Oceania Section Collection Highlights


The Oceanian collections of the Museum include over 22,000 objects from all the major island groups of the Pacific (Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia), insular Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, Sulawesi, the Philippines), and Australia. The collections are mainly ethnographic, representing the material culture of the Pacific peoples from the mid-19th century to the present. These objects came to the Museum through gifts, purchases, and field acquisitions by Oceanian Section curators. An early assemblage of Polynesian material collected by C. D. Voy and a large number of objects acquired in Borneo and Sumatra by William H. Furness 3rd, Alfred C. Harrison, Jr., and H. M. Hiller were among the founding collections of the Museum. In the first two decades of the 20th century the collections from the Pacific Islands were greatly expanded by purchases from the dealers W. O. Oldman of London and J. F. G. Umlauff of Hamburg. Also acquired in this period were a Sepik River collection purchased from Max Boehmig of Dresden and Philippines materials collected by the sisters Elizabeth and Sarah Metcalf. Since then, the Oceanian Section collections have continued to grow, through donations and as a result of curatorial research in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. In 2003 the Section acquired over 900 objects from the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum, including materials from French Polynesia exhibited at the 1900 Paris Exposition and Philippine materials from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904.

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29-91-152
P3282
18221
29-50-361
Puppet
29-91-152
View Object | 26236
Forehead Ornament
P3282
View Object | 53343
Figure
18221
View Object | 34045
Bowl
29-50-361
View Object | 26227

61-2-58
65-8-1
P628
P2977B
Sash
61-2-58
View Object | 26230
Coconut Grater
65-8-1
View Object | 33332
Baby Carrier
P628
View Object | 53261
Shield
P2977B
View Object | 56109

P2317
P2101
P3482B
2003-31-31
Pendant
P2317
View Object | 129824
Lime Container
P2101
View Object | 55736
Food Dish
P3482B
View Object | 71788
Blouse
2003-31-31
View Object | 26237

P3091A
P4555
29-58-155
Pubic Ornament
P3091A
View Object | 56108
Funerary Mask
P4555
View Object | 71789
Cloak
29-58-155
View Object | 33335
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