"Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania" Exhibition

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

poster for "Sounding the Pacific: Musical Instruments of Oceania" Exhibition

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This exhibition—the first in an art museum to be devoted exclusively to Oceanic musical instruments—explores the rich diversity of musical instruments created and used in the Pacific Islands. Drawn primarily from the Metropolitan’s collections, the exhibition features more than fifty instruments from small personal types such as panpipes and courting whistles to larger forms played at performances heard by the entire community, such as the exquisitely carved temple drums of the Austral Islands or the imposing sacred slit gongs of New Guinea.
[Image: Hawai'i “Gourd Drum” (19th Century) Gourd, bark cloth, fiber; H: 30 in.]



from November 17, 2009 to January 23, 2011

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