Monday, July 7, 2008

Rockefeller Wing

This week I'm back to showing some New York photos. (Since I don't have any recent ones I've had to search through some older ones!) This photo was taken in the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing of African and Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum. It is a photo of an Asmat spirit canoe made by the Asmat people in New Guinea. Michael Rockefeller, who collected many of the items on display in this wing, disappeared on a collecting trip in Papua New Guinea in 1961. This was my first visit to this wing and it houses many beautiful and interesting objects.

9 comments:

DaveM said...

I like the figurehead.

Blue Wave 707 said...

Interesting canoe ... nice depth of field!

Olivier said...

je ne connais pas ce musée, mais cela me donne envie d'y faire un tour (je note, mais a force de noter, je sais pas si j'aurais le temps de tout faire ;o)) )
I do not know this museum, but it makes me want to take a look (I note, but a force of note, I do not know if I would have time to do everything ;o)))

Dan Allen said...

Yes, the figurehead is quite striking, especially in the enlarged version.

Greg C said...

What an interesting looking canoe. I love the background as well.

Martha said...

I suppose Papua New Guinea in 1961 was not the safest place to go collecting.

The canoe is fascinating.

marley said...

The craftmanship is amazing. I love the carved figure at the front.

Gudl said...

Interesting. ...

• Eliane • said...

Probably my favorite wing at the Met. Every piece is more fascinating than the other.