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Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Island...

Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Island...

Presented by Bowers Museum at Bowers Museum

Experience exquisite masterpieces and dynamic objects from the vast and diverse Pacific Islands in this special exhibition guest curated by photographer Chris Rainier.

Spanning the geographic region collectively referred to as Oceania, this comprehensive exhibition highlights masterworks from the three cultural regions of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Particular focus is placed on New Guinea, land of the headhunter, and the rich artistic traditions infused into daily and ritual life. Submerge into a visually stunning world and come face to face with larger-than-life masks, finely crafted feast bowls, objects associated with the secretive Sepik River men’s house, beautiful shell and feather currency, magic figures and tools of the shaman, objects related to seagoing trade routes, gorgeous personal adornments, weapons of warfare and the most precious of human trophies taken in retribution.

Watch this video taken by Bowers President Peter Keller on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea that features the Fire Dance Mask Festival. Several of the large spirit masks seen in this performance were collected on behalf of the museum and can be viewed in the Spirits and Headhunters exhibition.

Admission Info

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Phone: 714.567.3600

Dates & Times

2021/01/05 - 2021/07/31

  • Apr 14, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Wed)
  • Apr 15, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Thu)
  • Apr 16, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Fri)
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  • Jul 18, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Sun)
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  • Jul 21, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Wed)
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  • Jul 30, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Fri)
  • Jul 31, 2021 at 10:00 am - 04:00 pm (Sat)
Location Info

Bowers Museum

2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706