African and Oceanic Art
Works from these collections are on view on the Museum's second floor.
Masking and sculptural traditions of Africa and Oceania are represented in this collecting area. More than 200 independent cultures and their traditions compose holdings that include objects used in everyday life and ritual. A collection of headrests representing ethnic groups across the continent is the highlight of the Crocker’s African holdings. Shields and carved figurative poles from the Asmat region of New Guinea offer a visual counterpoint to the African collection and are the core of the Museum’s collection of art of the South Pacific.