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Pacific Arts of Polynesia & Mi (Oxford History of Art)

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Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a large part of the vast Pacific Ocean, from the dramatic mountains of Hawaii to the small, flat coral islands of Kiribati. The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia offers a superb introduction to the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, traditions that have had a considerable impact on modern western art through the influence of artists such as Gauguin. After an introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian art separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts shared by the two island groups, thereby placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler sheds light on 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 these rich and vibrant cultures. Each chapter begins with a quote from an indigenous person from one of the island areas covered in the book and features both historic and contemporary works of art. A timeline for migration into the Pacific includes the latest information from archaeology, as well as the influx of explorers and missionaries and important exhibitions and other artistic events. With more than one hundred illustrations--most in full color--this volume offers a stimulating and insightful account of two dynamic artistic cultures.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian Art

Chapter 2: Artistic Visions, Rituals, and Sacred Containers

Chapter 3: Aesthetics, Carving, Metaphor, and Allusion

Chapter 4: Genealogical Connections: The Texts of Textiles

Chapter 5: Adorning the Adorned: Tattoo, Ornaments, Clothing, Fashion

Chapter 6: Ritual Spaces, Cultural Landscapes: Space and the Aesthetic Environment

Notes

Further Reading

List of Illustrations

Chronology for Polynesia and Micronesia

Index

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 Galleries

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192842381
Author:
Kaeppler, Adrienne L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Adrienne L.
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Art, Polynesian.
Subject:
Art, Melanesian.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art, Micronesian.
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Architecture | History | Non-Western
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History | Non-Western
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford History of Art
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color and 25 b/w illus.
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.33x6.63x.60 in. 1.12 lbs.

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