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New Zealand

Damian Skinner

Neck or Head Ornament, late 1800s or early 1900s, attributed to northern province, Papua New Guinea, feathers and plant fibre, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

On entering 'Jewelled: Adornments from Across the Pacific', the recent three-section exhibition of jewellery and artefacts at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, one was initially met with a display of contemporary work under the title of 'Streetwise Pacific'. A selu (ornamental comb) from Samoa, made in the 1990s, with the Nike swoosh symbol carved into…

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