Trademarks: international indigenous culture from the Leonhard Adam Collection

The Leonhard Adam Collection was formed by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar and lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Melbourne from 1942 to 1957. Spectacular objects of cultural and aesthetic power illustrate the extraordinary diversity of this collection across continents and cultures.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 05 March 2011 to Sunday 24 July 2011

Papua New Guinea, Morobe Province, Huon Gulf, Tami Islands Tami people image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Friday 11 February 2011.
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Culturally significant and visually spectacular objects from the indigenous cultures of North and South America, Africa, Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia were collected in the 1940s and 1950s by Dr Leonhard Adam, a distinguished scholar at the university and one of the first in Australia to promote the artistic value of indigenous material culture. This exhibition focuses on the international content of the collection.

Key works include an elaborate ceremonial flute figural carving from the Biwat people in the Middle Sepik region of Papua New Guinea; a Hamatsa raven mask from the Kwakwaka’wakw nations of the north-west coast of British Columbia, Canada; baskets woven by Native American Indians from tribes in present-day California; and Anindilyakwa bark paintings from Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria.