Public lecture by Crispin Howarth:
Held at the National Gallery of Australia is a little known, rarely shown but very significant collection of Massim Art. Amassed in the late 19th century and for the best part of the 20th Century hundreds of objects lay hidden under a house, dozens of decorated clubs, piles of elegant lime spatulas, intriguing sculptures and many many objects of daily use. The Fellows collection is perhaps the most concise and important collection of its type anywhere in the world. The rich history of the Fellows collection is one of discovery and rediscovery; it is a collection that still today is revealing further discoveries. This paper gives a rare insight into collecting practices and touches upon some remarkable examples of Massim art.