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. Schedule a private tour or visit us on First Fridays (1 to 4 p.m). to hear the engaging stories behind the objects.

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...
Figure

Figure

Oceanic Artwork TitleArtist: UnknownCulture/People: Tami IslandPlace: Papua New GuineaMedia: WoodDims: 21.25 x 4 x 3.25 in.Date: c. 1900Description: Hands-On curator, Qootsvenma “Taka” Denipah-Cook (Ohkay Owingeh), studied and wrote about this piece in the...
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 “Taka” Denipah-Cook (Ohkay Owingeh)...
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 BoardArtist: UnknownCulture/People: ElemaPlace: Papuan Gulf; MelanesiaMedia: Wood and natural pigmentsDims: 0.75 x 13 in. (128.9 x 33 cm)Date: c. 1900Description: The Elema people live on the long coast of Orokolo Bay in southern Papua New Guinea. The...