Food Bowls & Plates are a form of technology that has been used by every culture in the world because people needed ways to present, serve and store food, made from many types of materials; wood, clay, metals, stone, and gourds. When we hold or use or admire a bowl, we are connected to our ancient ancestors who first made & used them. 

Bowls & Plates were made in many beautiful & varying forms in Papua New Guinea, The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia & throughout Polynesia; Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti the Cook Islands, & throughout Micronesia & all the small Islands of the Pacific.

Bowls were sometimes important cultural & ceremonial objects used for honoring their ancestors or used solely by chiefly families.  Bowls & Plates often carved or incised with ancestral figures & designs and totemic animals and were family heirlooms used over generations

Bowls were also admired and traded widely throughout the Pacific Islands & have been collected by visitors to the Pacific Islands for 200 years.

Below is my collection of Bowls & Plates, you will see some of the beautiful forms & decorations on the antique Bowls I have collected over the past 40 years. 

Please have a look at my new Exhibitions Gallery

If you have a similar “object” for sale please contact me for the best price and honest advice by a Government approved valuer 

To see many more rare items and the finest masterpieces, please make an appointment with us to visit the gallery.

For all enquires, please contact Todd Barlin, Director of Oceanic Arts Australia

 Phone(61 2) 9328 2512
 mobile(61) 409 560 316
 Gallery Location64 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, NSW, 2021, Sydney, Australia