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.

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: wood Dims: 39 x 8 in. (99 x 20.3 cm). Date: 1850s Description: The Totokia, or beaked battle-hammer, is a Fijian war club. The club is often called a Pineapple...
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: Visitors at the Coe are often interested in how...