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The earliest known object from the Pacific is a Maori free-standing ancestral figure, one of only six acknowledged to exist, brought to Britain after 1780 by Midshipman Samuel Folker. Also in the collection are the only known surviving ceremonial turtle posts from Dauar Island, part of a large donation from the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea gifted by Robert Bruce in 1889. Bruce was a Glasgow ship’s engineer and London Missionary Society teacher who lived and worked on Mer Island with his family.
In addition to historical artefacts, the collection boasts fine examples of contemporary Pacific art including works by Tom Deko and Chimbu artist Mathias Kauage OBE, both of Papua New Guinea, and pieces by Alick Tipoti of Torres Strait Islands.