The Oldman collection of Polynesian artifacts: new edition of Polynesian Society Memoir 15
During the later half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century in England, several famous private collections of ethnographic artifacts were assembled from the pool of "artificial curiosities" and souvenirs that had been circulating in Great Britain and the continent since the days of the first European explorers. Among these private collections, that of William Oldman was recognized as one of the most comprehensive and most important, especially for its Pacific component. Early in his artifact dealing business, Oldman decided to concentrate on collecting the treasures of Maori, Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian art and material culture. He built up comprehensive series showing all the significant variations of each artifact type, making his collection supremely valuable for future artistic and scholarly studies.
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artefacts Auckland Austral group birds bound with plaited bowl butt Canterbury Canterbury Museum centre Ceremonial adze circular Club Continued Cat Cook Islands cord cutting edge dark-brown wood dark-red wood Deity designs diameter Dominion Museum Duke of Leeds Ear ornament Easter Island exceptionally Extremely old feathers Fiji Fijian finely carved finely finished finished and polished flanges flat grooves handle hard brown wood Hawaii hei-tiki Height highly finished highly polished holes Kawanatanga loop male figure Mangaia Maori Marquesas masks Necklet lei-niho-palaoa Old label attached Oldman Collection Oldman items Otago Museum Pacific paddle piece pierced lug plaited sinnet Plate 33 Plate 66 Pole-spear Polynesian pommel projecting purchase raised collar Raivavae Rarotonga red-brown wood ridge Rotuma shaft shark teeth shell side similar sinnet binding Skinner slightly specimen square Stilt step Tahiti tapa cloth tapering thickness Tonga tooth Top surface Wellington whale-tooth ivory width worn Zealand