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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

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PNG BUKA BASKET
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
PNG BUKA BASKET
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD609 Bids
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VINTAGE PNG MASK ON STAND
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
VINTAGE PNG MASK ON STAND
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD104 Bids
2 South Pacific painted wooden fertility figures, 56cm H and 77cm H
Jul 24, 10:00 AM AEST
2 South Pacific painted wooden fertility figures, 56cm H and 77cm H
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD502 Bids
South Pacific painted wooden fertility figure with hair, 52cm H
Jul 24, 10:00 AM AEST
South Pacific painted wooden fertility figure with hair, 52cm H
by Woodlands Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
PNG Artefacts - Kina Shell Necklace & Three Animal Teeth Necklaces
Jul 28, 10:00 AM AEST
PNG Artefacts - Kina Shell Necklace & Three Animal Teeth Necklaces
by Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers
Est: AUD120- AUD240
AUD1001 Bid
An Antique Highlands, PNG Stone Club
Jul 24, 6:00 PM AEST
An Antique Highlands, PNG Stone Club
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2001 Bid
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CARVED BONE MASK, POSSIBLY MAORI 19th Century or Earlier Height 5". Width 3.5".
Aug 08, 9:30 AM EDT
CARVED BONE MASK, POSSIBLY MAORI 19th Century or Earlier Height 5". Width 3.5".
by Eldred's
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
South Pacific Islands Bamboo Blow Guns & Darts LOT
Jul 31, 12:00 PM EDT
South Pacific Islands Bamboo Blow Guns & Darts LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Miniature Sepik River Hook Figure
Aug 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Miniature Sepik River Hook Figure
by Nye & Company
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A CARVED STONE IDOL. OCEANIA 20TH CENTURY.
Jul 25, 3:30 PM CEST
A CARVED STONE IDOL. OCEANIA 20TH CENTURY.
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €0- €0
€100 Bids
Mwai-Maske der Iatmul, Papua-Neuguinea, Sepik River
Jul 27, 11:00 AM CEST
Mwai-Maske der Iatmul, Papua-Neuguinea, Sepik River
by Kunstauktionshaus Schlosser
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
LARGE CARVED WOOD CEREMONIAL MASK.
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE CARVED WOOD CEREMONIAL MASK.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
COLLECTION OF ITEMS RELATING TO THE WONENARA TRIBE
Jul 31, 2:00 PM BST
COLLECTION OF ITEMS RELATING TO THE WONENARA TRIBE
by Lyon & Turnbull
Est: £150- £250
£700 Bids
PNG SHELL EYE ANCESTOR HOOK STATUE
Jul 30, 9:00 AM PDT
PNG SHELL EYE ANCESTOR HOOK STATUE
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $500- $750
$1500 Bids
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Aldon Porcelain Owl Figurine, South Island Whekau
Aug 08, 2:00 PM EDT
Aldon Porcelain Owl Figurine, South Island Whekau
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Tonga Tapa Bark Cloth Panels, 3
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Tonga Tapa Bark Cloth Panels, 3
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
19th C. Fijian Tabua Whale Tooth Pendant
Jul 26, 8:00 AM MDT
19th C. Fijian Tabua Whale Tooth Pendant
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $1,400- $2,000
$7000 Bids
POLYNESIAN OCEANIC PAINTED TAPA CLOTH FRAMED
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
POLYNESIAN OCEANIC PAINTED TAPA CLOTH FRAMED
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $500
$100 Bids
Imposing PNG Sepik River Wood Mask w/ Shell Eyes
Jul 26, 8:00 AM MDT
Imposing PNG Sepik River Wood Mask w/ Shell Eyes
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
A New Zealand Maori carving, with mother of pearl eyes; a ladle
Jul 24, 10:00 AM BST
A New Zealand Maori carving, with mother of pearl eyes; a ladle
by Bamfords Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd
Est: £0- £0
£200 Bids
Hawaii 'kupe'e ho'okalakala' Boar Tusk Bracelet (16 linked tusks)
Jul 28, 12:00 PM AEST
Hawaii 'kupe'e ho'okalakala' Boar Tusk Bracelet (16 linked tusks)
by Smalls Auctions
Est: AUD7,500- AUD9,000
AUD6,0000 Bids
PNG COWRIE SHELL AND ROOT FIBER NETTED GOURD BAG
Jul 30, 9:00 AM PDT
PNG COWRIE SHELL AND ROOT FIBER NETTED GOURD BAG
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1000 Bids
A pair of hand-painted carved wood Polynesian figures
Aug 02, 11:00 AM AEST
A pair of hand-painted carved wood Polynesian figures
by Because Auctions
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD600 Bids
Very Rare and Large Poste Sepik Papua New Guinea Ex. French private collection, with collection label, 19th century
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Very Rare and Large Poste Sepik Papua New Guinea Ex. French private collection, with collection label, 19th century
by Templum Fine Art Auctions
Est: €25,000- €30,000
€6,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Pacific Islands


Lyon & Turnbull

Lyon & Turnbull

Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery

Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers

Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers

Scollard Auctions

Scollard Auctions