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Signs of ritual, symbols of authority
Patricia De Peuter, October 13, 2008
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Masque, Yamburai parak ou barak_Nouvelle-Guinée, embouchure du Sepik et du Ramu, région de Mambe et Terebu
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Masque, Yamburai parak ou barak_Nouvelle-Guinée, embouchure du Sepik et du Ramu, région de Mambe et Terebu
 
Using wood, shells, stone, feathers and fibres, these works evoke the artistic genius, which adapted themselves to the natural diversity of their living environments. The art of Melanesia, for example, is characterised by an inventive language of symbols and draws its inspiration from a mythological world in which people and animals appear to blend naturally. The art of Polynesia was mainly produced for the ruling classes, who were believed to be directly descended from the gods. The Micronesian culture enchants us with its considerable refinement and simplicity of form. Made from the scarce materials at their disposal, these people created utensils and jewellery that were passed down from generation to generation as precious possessions.

Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Embout de flûte en forme de figurine humaine, wusear_Nouvelle-Guinée, bas du Sepik, rivière Yuat Rivier, peuple Biwat
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Embout de flûte en forme de figurine humaine, wusear_Nouvelle-Guinée, bas du Sepik, rivière Yuat Rivier, peuple Biwat
 
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Masque, dagak_Nouvelle-Calédonie, nord de Grande-Terre
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Masque, dagak_Nouvelle-Calédonie, nord de Grande-Terre
 
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