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Pacific Islands

The Pacific Islands stretch over a vast geographical area, including Japan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and New Zealand. The ethnographic and indigenous arts and crafts traditions of each of these regions varies greatly, thus collectively offering a great diversity of styles and aesthetic sensibilities which appeals to collectors of all kinds.

Bead necklaces of the Ainu people who once populated the island of Hokkaido off the coast of Japan, as well as the supernatural and totemic depictions of Papua New Guinea's flora and fauna are two of the many examples of artifacts found throughout the Pacific Islands. They include hunting and fishing implements, toys, jewelry, tools, and sculpture.

Prior to the arrival of European explorers, Pacific Island artifacts were constructed largely from stone, animal and fish bones, and wood. As trade routes incorporated these island communities, and eventually colonies were established in places like Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, glass, metal and pottery were incorporated into the native crafts. Pacific Island artifacts are cherished by collectors for their astonishingly modern and unembellished aesthetic, which simultaneously speak to a vastly different epoch in human history and the perennial beauty of these objects.


Quick Facts

  • The Maori people of New Zealand have long been revered for their wood carving abilities and continue to produce tribal sculptures that have a strong international market
  • In 2012, Christie's sold a figurative sculpture "Storyboard" from Papua New Guinea, standing just over three feet tall for more than $18,000
  • The people of the Pacific Islands have experienced cultural cross-pollination throughout their histories. The dialogue between these island communities is evident in the many commonalities that exist aesthetically in their arts and crafts traditions

Recommended Items at Auction

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South Pacific Island Malekula Vanuatu Stone Idol
Mar 08, 12:00 PM GMT
South Pacific Island Malekula Vanuatu Stone Idol
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£9511 Bids
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD15010 Bids
A Large Tree Fern Figure, Vanuatu
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Large Tree Fern Figure, Vanuatu
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD3508 Bids
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD457 Bids
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
PAPUA NEW GUINEA YAM MASK, HAND WOVEN, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD505 Bids
A Fibre Dance Mask, Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Fibre Dance Mask, Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD904 Bids
A Giant Clamshell Ring, 'Yua', Yangoru Region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Giant Clamshell Ring, 'Yua', Yangoru Region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD4804 Bids
PNG totem (237cm)
Feb 29, 10:00 AM AEDT
PNG totem (237cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD254 Bids
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PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOTEM OF A BIRD, HAND CARVED, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
PAPUA NEW GUINEA TOTEM OF A BIRD, HAND CARVED, NATURAL OCHRE , PROVENANCE: VICTOR MACE FINE ARE GALLERY, MILTON, 1980S
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD454 Bids
Hawaiian Kamoe Feather Lei, First Half 20th C.
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Hawaiian Kamoe Feather Lei, First Half 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $600- $800
$3503 Bids
An Old Massim Splashboard, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
An Old Massim Splashboard, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1203 Bids
A Canoe Paddle, Asmat Region, West Papua
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Canoe Paddle, Asmat Region, West Papua
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD703 Bids
A War Shield, Mendi People, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A War Shield, Mendi People, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2203 Bids
A Large Shield, Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Large Shield, Wahgi Valley, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6503 Bids
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3 X PNG BOWS & 9+ ARROWS SOME A/F
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
3 X PNG BOWS & 9+ ARROWS SOME A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
Oceanic Iatmul Carved Wood Shell-Mounted Sculpture
Mar 03, 12:00 PM EST
Oceanic Iatmul Carved Wood Shell-Mounted Sculpture
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1002 Bids
A Fine Nineteenth Century Boomerang Showing Traces of Pipe Clay
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Fine Nineteenth Century Boomerang Showing Traces of Pipe Clay
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3002 Bids
A Canoe Prow, Ramu River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Canoe Prow, Ramu River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD802 Bids
A Sago Storage Pot, Sawos People, Sepik Plains, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Sago Storage Pot, Sawos People, Sepik Plains, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD602 Bids
A Bailer Shell Pectoral, Pakol Region, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Bailer Shell Pectoral, Pakol Region, Mendi Valley, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD120- AUD250
AUD702 Bids
A Staff with Human Head, Snake and Shell Inlay on Shaft, Solomon Islands
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Staff with Human Head, Snake and Shell Inlay on Shaft, Solomon Islands
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD8002 Bids
Three Woven Baskets, Buka Island, Papua New Guinea
Mar 04, 6:00 PM AEDT
Three Woven Baskets, Buka Island, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
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PNG MINIATURE KUDU DRUM WITH GOANNA SKIN MEMBRANE
Feb 29, 9:00 AM AEST
PNG MINIATURE KUDU DRUM WITH GOANNA SKIN MEMBRANE
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD252 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pacific Islands


Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Material Culture

Material Culture

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd