The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

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The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of the earth's surface. Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a large part of this vast ocean, from the dramatic mountains of Hawaii to the small, flat coral islands of Kiribati. Including both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, traditions that have had a considerable impact on western art in the twentieth century through the influence of artists such as Gauguin. Instead of looking at Polynesia and Micronesia separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share, placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler looks at religious and sacred rituals and objects, carving, architecture, tattooing, personal ornaments, basket-making, clothing, textiles, fashion, the oral arts, dance, music and musical instruments - even canoe-construction - to provide the ultimate introduction to the rich and vibrant artistic cultures of the Polynesian and Micronesian more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 16mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 125 illustrations, 100 in full colour
  • 0192842382
  • 9780192842381
  • 410,626

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About Adrienne L. Kaeppler

Adrienne L. Kaeppler is Curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has carried out field research in Tonga, Hawai`i, and other parts of the Pacific. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between social structure and the arts, especially dance, music, and the visual more

Table of contents

1. An Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian Art ; 2. Artistic Visions: Rituals and Sacred Containers ; 3. Aesthetics: Carving, Metaphor, and Allusion ; 4. Genealogical Connections: The Texts of Textiles ; 5. Adorning the Adorned: Tattoo, Ornaments, Clothing, Fashion ; 6. Ritual Spaces, Cultural Landscapes, Space, and the Aesthetic Environment ; Bibliography ; Further Reading ; Timeline ; List of Museums and Galleriesshow more

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