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Pacific arts

Island Melanesia is a long chain of island nations that extend south westwards into the Pacific from Papua New Guinea. The Nations included are the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The National Gallery holds a collection of around 200 works from south-eastern Malakula and Ambrym. This field collection was developed by the linguist Jean-Michel Charpentier working in Vanuatu from 1970 to 1973. A select group of Solomon Islands art, under 50 works, includes an impressive centre post from a ceremonial canoe house from the island of Owa-Raha. New Caledonia is represented by a small handful of works including a door jamb Jovo from the collection of Max Ernst.