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Tradition and Change: Art from Oceania

Male Ancestral Figure
Male Ancestral Figure (nggwal)
Papua New Guinea, East Sepik Province, Maprik area
Abelam people
20th century
Wood and pigments
Gift of Mrs. Ingeborg de Beausacq

The powerful presence and unusual shapes and forms of Oceanic art have long attracted the attention of serious collectors of non-Western art. Artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Nolde, and Kirchner collected such works and derived inspiration from them. The permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Archaeology includes significant works from New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. Australian aboriginal weapons, Asmat dance costumes, and Sepik ceremonial objects from Papua New Guinea provide insight into the vibrant cultures and the people who developed them.


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