Ethnology

Samoan head-rest made from a nose pipe featuring etched drawings of missionaries, about 1800, maker unknown. Rotorua Museum (X-596)

Samoan head-rest made from a nose pipe featuring etched drawings of missionaries, about 1800, maker unknown. Rotorua Museum (X-596)

Shell adornment, possibly a belt from the Mortlock Islands, date and maker unknown. Rotorua Museum (1998.116.20)

Shell adornment, possibly a belt from the Mortlock Islands, date and maker unknown. Rotorua Museum (1998.116.20)

Ethnology

Ethnology is the study of diverse cultures and compares the differences and similarities between them. Rotorua Museum has a significant Ethnology collection made up of over 600 examples of material culture from various peoples around the world.

The collection includes a wide range of items such as carving, textiles, tools, weapons, ceramics, adornment, and ceremonial objects.

While the number of countries represented in the collection is broad the main cultures are those from the Pacific and Australia.

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