|Crocodile head from an Iatmul spirit canoe (Papua New Guinea, 20th c.)|
It's been a while since I've visited the Bowers Museum, down in Santa Ana. I decided to remedy the situation with a few hours of strolling through the "Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands" exhibition. I had seen this show previously, but it's an excellent exhibit, well worth revisiting.
I didn't have enough time to check out the various gold-related shows. So, I imagine that I'll be heading back there sometime soon.
|Human tooth necklace (Vuasagale) from Fiji, 18-19th c.|
But, really, with Fire Dance masks, spirit objects, diverse weaponry, and numerous gruesome works, I could spend the whole day looking at the Pacific Island exhibition.
Here are some vids:
Fire Dance Mask Festival
Baining Fire Dance: National Mask Festival '09, Kokopo