Pierre Nachbaur

Insulindia at the Musée du quai Branly, by Philippe Bourgoin

Home to approximately 8,000 works, the Insulindian collection at the Musée du Quai Branly (MQB) is composed of works gathered by navigators and travellers during the 18th and 19th centuries, in addition to pieces from important field campaigns led by French anthropologists. This archipelago, which possesses incredible cultural diversity, is linked to Oceania due to the shared linguistic relations of their populations of Austronesian origin. Practices such as headhunting, references to ancestors and myths of the original pirogue can also be found in these two areas. These tribal societies were influenced by Islam in the 15th century, then by the Spanish as early as the 16th century, followed by the Dutch, who established colonies and trading posts in the region. Trading is one of the characteristics of this area, as it was located on Chinese, Indian and Indonesian trade routes.

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