The Admiralty Islands: Art from the South Seas


The Admiralty Islands, a group of more than twenty islets with approximately 25,000 inhabitants, lie north of New Guinea in the southwest Pacific. Among the different artefacts of Melanesia, the objects from the Admiralty Islands form an independent group which can be clearly identified. It is only here that one can find the typical large wooden bowls with carved spirals as handles, the unusual carved nape ornaments with feathers, and the aprons of snail shell discs, bark baskets and feathers designed for ceremonial presentations. This catalogue delineates the main characteristics of the art of the Admiralty Islands. It presents some 100 objects which rank among the best in the world.

  • Christian Kaufmann and Sylvia Ohremus

    212 pages, paperback
    310 x 230 mm, 216 colour illustrations
    ISBN: 978 3 907077 02 3

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