Niki Hastings-McFall, Lei Bombing installation at the Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013. © Niki Hastings-McFall. Installation photography © and courtesy of the Pātaka Art + Museum.

Islands Beyond Blue

Niki Hastings-McFall and Treasures from the Oceania Collection

Niki Hastings-McFall, Lei Bombing installation at the Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013. © Niki Hastings-McFall. Installation photography © and courtesy of the Pātaka Art + Museum.

Marquesan artist, Tattooed Wooden Leg, Early 1800s. Wood; 22⅝ x 6 x 7¾ in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1948.795. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Maori artist, Tauihu (Canoe Figurehead), About 1800. Wood and Pāua (abalone shell); 15 7/8 x 7 x 42 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1949.4464. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Marquesan artist, Ear Piercer, Late 1800s. Whale ivory; 5 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisitions funds, 1949.4471. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Marquesan artist, Ti'i (Stone deity), About 1800-50. Lava stone; 14 7/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Vincent and Mary Price, 1949.4545. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Marquesan artist, Pa'e Kaha (Headdress), 1850-1900. Turtle shell, white shell, coconut fiber, and buttons; 18 1/2 in. x 1 1/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisitions funds, 1952.732. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Marquesan artist, Uuhe (Earring), about 1875. Tortoise shell, porpoise teeth, and glass beads; 3 ½ x 3 in. Denver Art Museum: Anonymous Gift, 1952.734. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Asmat artist, Bis Memorial Pole, 1900s. Wood, fiber, and paint; 128 x 9¾ x 28¾ in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Anderman, 1991.976. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Melanesian artist, Nguzunguzu (Canoe Figurehead), early 1900s. Wood and mother-of-pearl; 5 x 4 x 4.5 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift in memory of George Gibbs Anderman, 1997.2. Photography © Denver Art Museum

Niki Hastings-McFall, Lei Bombing installation at the Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013. © Niki Hastings-McFall. Installation photography © and courtesy of the Pātaka Art + Museum.

Wooden head of canoe carved with symbolic embroiderings

Maori artist, Tauihu (Canoe Figurehead), About 1800. Wood and Pāua (abalone shell); 15 7/8 x 7 x 42 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition funds, 1949.4464. Photography © Denver Art Museum

The Arts of Oceania Collection

Artworks from this gallery are part of the Denver Art Museum's Arts of Oceania collection. In the more than 80 years since the DAM acquired its first work of art from Oceania, this collection has grown to approximately 1,000 objects.

Learn more about the Arts of Oceania department and its curatorial staff below.

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