- Describes the culture and style of the inhabitants of the Melanesian Islands. Melanesians are well known for creating sculptures utilizing a vast range of media, their traditional communal architecture, and body arts.
- Cultures and styles of various regions in Oceania, comprising islands scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean (generally excluding Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), but including Australia.
- Percussion idiophones made by cutting, burning, or gouging a slit in the wall of a hollowed-out piece of wood, used for musical or signaling purposes.
- Nationality, styles, and culture of Vanuatu and its constituent islands, located in the South Pacific Ocean; particularly refers to the Melanesian cultures rather than to the colonial cultures. The art created by the Vanuatu people is often based on male initiation rituals, men's secret societies, social ranking systems and the afterlife. Vanuatu's male sacred houses are oblong homes constructed using decorated coconut fiber binding. Personal ornamentation is an important practice for the Vanuatu people, who wear elaborate garments, practice face painting, nasal perforation, and puberty scarification of women's backs, which indicate, social status, beauty, and health and hygiene.
- The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
African and Pacific Art from the Neufeld Collection
Bryn Mawr College
, 4/28/1993 - 6/1/1993
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
"The Neufeld Collection."
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