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The Metropolitan Museum's collection of Oceanic art includes objects that originated in the Pacific Islands (the archipelagos of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia), Australia, and Island Southeast Asia. Covering more than a third of the earth's surface, Oceania subsumes more than a thousand distinct cultures and an immense diversity of artistic traditions. The Met's collection is particularly strong in the sculpture from the island of New Guinea, both from the Sepik River region and from Papua Province in the west.
Above: Eharo Mask, early 20th century; Elema people, Orokolo village, eastern Papuan Gulf region, Papua New Guinea; The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.725)

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The Metropolitan Museum's collection of Oceanic art includes objects that originated in the Pacific Islands (the archipelagos of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia), Australia, and Island Southeast Asia. Covering more than a third of the earth's surface, Oceania subsumes more than a thousand distinct cultures and an immense diversity of artistic traditions. The Met's collection is particularly strong in the sculpture from the island of New Guinea, both from the Sepik River region and from Papua Province in the west.
Above: Eharo Mask, early 20th century; Elema people, Orokolo village, eastern Papuan Gulf region, Papua New Guinea; The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1972 (1978.412.725)

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