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Tattooing in the Marquesas

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This definitive source on the intricate tattoos of Polynesia's Marquesas Islands offers a rare glimpse of a dying art. Because of the colonial authorities' 1884 ban on tattooing, there remained only a single surviving tattoo artist at the time of this 1921 survey — and a dwindling number of living examples. These 38 plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete and intimate record of a sophisticated art form.

The Marquesas consist of a dozen rugged volcanic islands that lie 1,000 miles northeast of Tahiti. Rich in oral traditions, folklore, and decorative arts, their complex culture was devastated by the intrusions of outsiders during the nineteenth century. In the early 1920s, Hawaii's Bishop Museum sponsored an expedition to preserve what was left of the islanders' vanishing world. Willowdean Chatterson Handy, an expedition associate, created this priceless record of the ancient body art rituals. In addition to detailed information about tattoo methods and customs, Handy's account features fascinating insights into the designs' symbolic significance and their representation of social status. Her painstaking drawings of tattoo patterns are accompanied by captions that explain the traditional motifs.

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Definitive source on intricate tattoos of Polynesia's Marquesas Islands offers a rare glimpse of a vanished art. Its 38 plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete and intimate record.

Synopsis:

This definitive survey offers rare glimpses of a dying art. Banned for decades by colonial authorities, the ancient tattoo rituals were vanishing at the time of this 1921 survey. Thirty-eight plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete, intimate, and authentic account of a sophisticated art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486466125
Author:
Handy, Willowdean Chatterson
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Tattoos, Mehndi, & Body Painting, Etc.
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Body Art & Tattooing
Subject:
Ethnology -- French Polynesia.
Subject:
Tattooing - French Polynesia -
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Anthropology and Folklore
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 plates
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 0.26 lb

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Definitive source on intricate tattoos of Polynesia's Marquesas Islands offers a rare glimpse of a vanished art. Its 38 plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete and intimate record.
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This definitive survey offers rare glimpses of a dying art. Banned for decades by colonial authorities, the ancient tattoo rituals were vanishing at the time of this 1921 survey. Thirty-eight plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete, intimate, and authentic account of a sophisticated art.
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