Lapita: Oceanian Ancestors
November 9, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Musée du quai Branly, Paris in collaboration with the Vanuatu Cultural Centre
Covering an area of 300 m² in the East Mezzanine, the exhibition Lapita, Oceanian Ancestors features the Lapita ceramic tradition, which remains the most identifiable archaeological marker of the dispersal of the Austronesian languages in the South West Pacific during the second half of the second millennium BC. The astonishing homogeneity of the pottery, decorated with dots and distributed over a distance of nearly 4500 km in less than 400 years, incited archaeologists to speak ofa “Lapita cultural group” linking together the whole of the South West Pacific 3000 years ago.
Through the display of these objects and fragments originating from Vanuatu, New Caledonia and New Zealand, the aim of the exhibition is to present the technical specificities and the stylistic diversity of the objects produced, relocating them in a historical and archaeological context and analysing the heritage of these motifs, still evident in present-day Oceanian decorative traditions.
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