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t h e   c o l l e c t i o n

Explore the Embody Collection that showcases the arts of tribal cultures and indigenous peoples from around the world

 
 
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the americas

 
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the americas

The collection from The Americas includes Pre-Columbian era artifacts dating back to the olmec period to 21st century highlight native lands in both North and South of the Americas. The Pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the American continents, spanning the time of the original settlement in the Upper Paleolithic period to European colonization during the Early Modern period.

 

historical timeline

  • Olmec period pre-classical Mesoamerica -  1200 BCE - 400 BCE
  • Mayan period - 300 AD - 900 AD
  • Aztec period - 1300 - 1521 
  • Northwest Coast Collection
  • Americas Collection
 
 

 

I N D I A

 
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i n d i a

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline – and history reaching back 5 millennia. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex and massive Jama Masjid mosque, plus Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga centre and base for Himalayan trekking.

 

featuring

  • Gold Collection
  • Nagaland Headhunter Collection
  • Apatani Collection
  • Varanasi Collection
 
 

 

A F R I C A

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A F R I C A

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its total land area

 

AFRICAN TRIBES

  • Massai | Kenya
  • Mursi | Ethiopia
  • Turkana
  • Zulu | Zimbabwe
 
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A S I A

From the nomadic steppes of Bali to the frenetic streets Cambodia , Asia is a continent so full of intrigue, adventure, solace and spirituality that it has fixated and confounded travellers for centuries.

Ancient CIVILIZATION

This continent has contributed a cast of villains and heroes to global history. Most of the significant achievements of the modern world had their infancy in Asia. Historic trading routes sliced across epic terrain as expanding empires competed to trade goods and ideas throughout the continent and beyond. Ancient spaces and sacred tribes abound across the continent, from the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, to the former headhunters of Borneo; Iban Tribe, to the Padaung tribe who adorned their neck with elongated brass coils. 

 

ASIAN TRIBES BY REGION

  • Indonesia
  • Greater Sunda Islands 
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand 
  • China
  • Nepal | Tibet
  • Phillipines
  • Malaysia
  • Riua Islands 
 

O C E A N I C   I S LA N D S

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O C E A N I C   I S L A N D S

Probably at first more by accident than design, the islands of the south Pacific were reached by people sailing or drifting from southeast Asia. In around 1300 BC seafarers make the longest step so far in this process and reach Fiji, a group of islands intermediate between Melanesia and Polynesia. The Pacific islanders develop a twin-hulled sailing canoe which is an extremely effective sea-going vessel. In boats of this kind they continue the process of spreading eastwards through Polynesia (Greek polus many, nesosisland). 

The earliest surviving trace of human occupation in these islands is about 420 BC in Tonga and 200 BC in Samoa. But colonists are likely to have arrived considerably earlier than this, since by the 1st century BC humans have reached the much more inaccessible Marquesas Islands. The final thrust, to the most remote island groups of the Pacific, takes place from the Marquesas. Hawaii is reached in about AD 400; Easter Island perhaps a century later; Tahiti and the Society Islands in about 600. 

 

ASIAN TRIBES BY REGION

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Vanuatu

  • Solomon Islands

  • New Georgia

  • New Caledonia