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Signs of ritual, symbols of authority
Patricia De Peuter, October 13, 2008
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Bâton ou massue d’un chef, ua_Île de Pâques
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Bâton ou massue d’un chef, ua_Île de Pâques
 
Three cultural regions

New Guinea and the islands of Melanesia are known for their colourful artworks. From New Guinea, there are a number of spectacular monumental ancestor sculptures from the Camoro and Asmat Papua peoples. Other high points of the exhibition are provided by the inhabitants of the Sepik region: their masks and figures are characterised by inventive combinations of animal and human figures. From the islands of Melanesia, there are panels and masks for the malagan (the ritual to comemorate the dead) on New Ireland and masks made of tree bark and other rapidly perishable materials from New Britain and Vanuatu. The prow figures with mother-of-pearl inlay work from the Solomon islands are also noteworthy.


Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Figure anthropomorphe, yipwon_Nouvelle-Guinée, moyen du Sepik, Haut Karawari
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Figure anthropomorphe, yipwon_Nouvelle-Guinée, moyen du Sepik, Haut Karawari
 
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Figure anthropomorphe,  rambaramp_Vanuatu, Malekula Sud
Oceania - Ritual signs, authority symbols/Figure anthropomorphe, rambaramp_Vanuatu, Malekula Sud
 
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