About the Ethnography Collections

The collection contains jewellery, metalwork, ceremonial masks, Maori cloaks, shields made of dragon hide, model boats and pipes, and many other items both symbolic and utilitarian. This collection has items from as far a field as Melanesia and Haida material from the North West Coast of America.

Much of the collection is from Africa, but also funerary articles and ornate weavings from Peru. Of particular interest are the significant Kula bracelets from Papua New Guinea, rare Ashanti stools from Ghana, Inuit carved bone eye shades from early 1800's and outstanding Nasca pottery.