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Michael Hamson Oceanic Art specializes in museum-quality tribal artifacts from the South Pacific. I deal in only older, authentic objects that successfully served their cultural purpose within the village and have a beauty and elegance that transcends their original use.
I am an art dealer specializing in museum-quality Oceanic Art--those traditional tribal objects from the South Pacific region that through the creativity of their maker have passed from artifact into the realm of art. While I have a master's degree in African and Oceanic art history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, I credit the bulk of my expertise to the 46 extended field-collecting trips into the more remote areas of Papua New Guinea. It was in the villages where literally thousands of objects passed through my hands that I gathered the knowledge and eye for age, authenticity and quality. Now with over 20 years in the market I strive to acquire and sell only the very best objects I can find from private collections all over the world.