Category: Oceanic

The Coe has nearly 100 Oceanic objects in our collection, ranging from seemingly mundane items such as a fish hook to ageless creations that could have been done yesterday. There’s a unique story behind all of them. This is just a small sample of what you can see at the Coe. Schedule a private tour or visit us on First Fridays (1 to 4 p.m). to hear the engaging stories behind the objects.

Fish Hook

Fish Hook

Oceanic Fish Hook Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Maori Place: New Zealand Media: Wood, shell, bone and flax cord Dims: 1.25 x 4.25 in. Date: mid-19th century Description: Selected by student curator QootsVenma Denipah-Cook for his exhibition in the 2018 Eye Opener...
Battle Hammer

Battle Hammer

Oceanic Battle Hammer Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Fijian, Totokia Place: Fiji, Western Polynesia Media: Dims: Date: 1850s Description: The Totokia, or beaked battle-hammer, is a Fijian war club. The club is often called a Pineapple club, but the clubs were made...
Gope Board

Gope Board

Oceanic Gope Board Artist: Unknown Culture/People: Elema Place: Papuan Gulf; Melanesia Media: Wood and natural pigments Dims: 0.75 x 13 in. (128.9 x 33 cm) Date: c. 1900 Description: The Elema people live on the long coast of Orokolo Bay in southern Papua New Guinea....
New Ireland Kulap Figure

New Ireland Kulap Figure

Oceanic New Ireland Kulap Figure Artist: Unknown Culture/People: New Ireland Place: Melanesia Media: Limestone or chalk with pigment Dims: 19.5 x 4.25 x 4 in. (49.5 x 10.7 x 10.1 cm) Date: Late 19th century Description: Chalk figures, Kulaps, are believed to represent...