Pacific Presences

If you’re in Cambridge, make sure you visit the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They have a great collection of Oceanic Art including objects collected by Captain Cook. There are some very large pieces including an intricately carved Maori flag pole and a huge Vanuatu slit drum.

You can see the drum below, as well as a classic Cook Islands staff god, a necklace carved from whale’s teeth and a cool Papua New Guinea carving of a crab.

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Oceania at the RA

 

Here are some pictures from my visit(s) to the Oceania show at the Royal Academy.  The show marks 250 years since captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific.

a stylised human head holding a bird

The show is arranged in themes. The Nguzunguzu carving above is a canoe figurehead from the Solomon Islands which features in the first room along with canoes, paddles, maps and other voyaging art and objects.

There were some familiar works like the Papua New Guinea flute stopper above left and some things I’d never seen before like the fantastic necklace made of whale’s teeth, above right.

There are works from many parts of Oceania, contrasting the different styles that have evolved in different islands and regions. The first crocodile above is a canoe prow carving from Papua New Guinea while the second is from the Solomon Islands.

Styles vary within a region, such as the gods Ku and Lono from Hawaii above left and center, and from region to region— like the Papua New Guinea ancestor figure on the right.

The show is on until the 10th December so  there’s still time to go, don’t miss it!

Drum of the Forefathers Tiki Mug

Hi All,
a long awaited update (awaited by me anyway)…

I’m not a prolific collector of Tiki mugs but when I saw this one I had to have it!

Drum of the forefathers Tiki MugThis mug was designed by Tank Standing Buffalo , mainly known for his Kustom Kulture and lowbrow artwork.

The base features figures representing four ‘forefathers’ of Tiki, Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic, Thor Heyerdahl and Edgar Leeteg.

The drum design and figures are inspired by Leeteg’s ‘Tahitian Drummer‘  painting, with the figures featuring the logos and imagery associated with their respective forefathers.

This mug holds over a pint of liquid which is excessive even by my rum drinking standards…drink responsibly kids!