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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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Two Old Pacific Clubs, An "Alofolo", Malaita, Solomon Islands and the Other From Samoa
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
Two Old Pacific Clubs, An "Alofolo", Malaita, Solomon Islands and the Other From Samoa
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1803 Bids
A Large Food Plate, Boiken People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Large Food Plate, Boiken People, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1503 Bids
A Fine Old Bowl, Solomon Islands
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Fine Old Bowl, Solomon Islands
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD250- AUD400
AUD1403 Bids
A Wooden Platter, Louisades, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Wooden Platter, Louisades, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD552 Bids
A Large Pot, Prince Alexander Mountains, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Large Pot, Prince Alexander Mountains, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD1602 Bids
Two Yam Masks, Abelam People, Wosera Region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
Two Yam Masks, Abelam People, Wosera Region, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD1102 Bids
A Bride Price Talipun, Prince Alexander Ranges, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Bride Price Talipun, Prince Alexander Ranges, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD1502 Bids
An Offering Bowl, Santa Anna, Solomon Islands
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
An Offering Bowl, Santa Anna, Solomon Islands
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1102 Bids
A Massawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Massawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD802 Bids
A Massawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Massawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD802 Bids
An Ancestral Figure of Mother and Child, Kambot Village, Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
An Ancestral Figure of Mother and Child, Kambot Village, Sepik River Region, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD452 Bids
Dogs' Teeth Necklace
Nov 16, 12:00 PM EST
Dogs' Teeth Necklace
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
A Large Fighting Shield, Wahgi Valley, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Large Fighting Shield, Wahgi Valley, Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD4001 Bid
A Negaga Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Negaga Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD2001 Bid
An Old Masawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
An Old Masawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD1501 Bid
A Masawa Fishing Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Masawa Fishing Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Milne Bay, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
A Masawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Masawa Kula Canoe Lagim (Splash Board), Amphlette Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD0
AUD1001 Bid
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD751 Bid
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD751 Bid
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Sukusaku Dance Wand, Bovagisa, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD150- AUD250
AUD751 Bid
A Massim Wealth Lime Spatula, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Massim Wealth Lime Spatula, Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD2001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Pacific Islands


Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House

Material Culture

Material Culture

Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery