Category: Oceanic

The Coe has nearly 100 Oceanic objects in our collection, ranging from seemingly simple functional items such as a fish hook to ageless creations that look like they were made yesterday. Each has a unique story. Shown here is just a small sample of what you can see at the Coe.

 

Hand Drum

Hand Drum

Oceanic Hand Drum Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Iatmul Place: Sepik River, Papua New Guinea Media: Wood and pigment Dims: 22.5 x 6.25 in. (57.9 x 15.8 cm). Date: early 20th century Description: Hand-drums are an essential accompaniment to singing. Drums commonly...
Axe

Axe

Oceanic Axe Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Highlands Place: Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Mt. Hagan area, Wahgi Valley Media: Wood, stone, and fiber/rattan Dims: 28.25 x 25.5 x 1.5 in. (71.6 x 64.8 x 3.1 cm). Date: Early 20th century Description: Highly valued, axes...
Navigation Chart

Navigation Chart

Oceanic Navigation Chart Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Marshall Islands Place: Micronesia Media: Rattan and Cowrie shell Dims: 25.25 x 26.75 in. (64.1 x 67.9 cm). Date: c. 1980 Description: The Polynesians were masters of reading the ocean, being able to map out the...
Aotearoa Feather Box

Aotearoa Feather Box

Oceanic Aotearoa Feather Box Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Maori Place: New Zealand Media: Wood, shell, and pigment Dims: 4.25 x 22 x 8 in. (10.8 x 55.9 x 20.3 cm) Date: c. 1830 Description: In traditional Maori households, prized possessions were kept in...
Churinga or Tjurunga

Churinga or Tjurunga

Oceanic Churinga or Tjurunga Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Australian Aborginal, Arrernte (Aranda, Arunta) Place: Austraila Media: wood and pigment Dims: 17.25 x 5.75 in. Date: c. 1940 Description: A Churinga or Tjurunga is thought to be an object of wood or stone...