The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

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by Adrienne L. Kaeppler
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 major artists such as Paul Gauguin.

Instead of looking at Polynesia and Micronesia separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler looks at religious and sacred rituals and objects, sculpture, architecture, tattoo, 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 islands.

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"The most successful of all recent Pacific art surveys, integrating the symbolism of these arts with their social and religious dimensions."—Roger Neich, Curator of Ethnology, Auckland Museum, New Zealand

"Adrienne L. Kaeppler's beautifully illustrated and important addition to the Oxford History of Art series can be regarded as the quintessential introduction to the Pacific arts of Polynesia and Micronesia. Her expertise as a leading scholar in the arts of the Pacific combined with her elegant writing style makes this book hugely appealing."—Julie Adams, British Museum Magazine

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ISBN-13:
9780191539992
Publisher:
NetLibrary, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/27/2008
Series:
Oxford History of Art
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
11 MB
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Meet 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, Hawaìi, and other parts of the Pacific.

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