Gallery

Arts of the Pacific

Arts of the Pacific Gallery (Gallery 177)

The works in this gallery hail from the Pacific’s four main cultural spheres: the islands in and around Indonesia, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia.

The Pacific Ocean could be called a "continent of water:" It covers more than one third of the Earth's surface and is a realm of thousands of islands—from Indonesia and New Guinea to Easter Island off the coast of South America; from Hawaii in the north to New Zealand in the south. Reflecting some of the central artistic traditions of Pacific Islanders, the works on view attest to the diverse and expressive use of many materials and forms: sculpted wood and stone, carved jade, engraved bamboo, delicate weavings and paintings on bark and wood.