Morauta Haus houses a number of important government departments like the Department of Personnel Management (DPM), Education (Finance branch), NEC and Ministerial Services. It also holds a nice collection of artefacts given to the Prime Minister during overseas visits or by visiting delegates.
In a recent visit there I found some items that intrigued me. Here is a look at some of the items.
A Toi Maori artifact which I believe is worth a lot of money. This is a gift from New Zealand.
This Lakatoi is amazing. It is almost entirely made out of the turtle shell and is definitely a museum piece.
These sets of fish hooks from Samoa are absolutely amazing. I believe there are carved out of bone (I’m not sure).
The wooden grouper is beautiful and masterfully carved and decorated with shells – an absolute masterpiece all the way from ‘the island of love’, Trobrians.
This is my favorite in the collection, a megalodon tooth from New Caledonia that dates back 10 – 15 million years ago. The megalodon is an extinct giant species of shark that lived 28 to 1.5 million years ago and according to Wikipedia was “the most formidable carnivore to have existed.”
Anyway, if you have time and if you appreciate the beauty in such items then I suggest a visit to this awesome gallery. It is definitely a hidden treasure.