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The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191539992
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2008
  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,241,636
  • 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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Table of Contents


Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian Art     1
Artistic Visions, Rituals, and Sacred Containers     27
Aesthetics, Carving, Metaphor, and Allusion     57
Genealogical Connections: The Texts of Textiles     85
Adorning the Adorned: Tattoo, Ornaments, Clothing, Fashion     111
Ritual Spaces, Cultural Landscapes: Space and the Aesthetic Environment     137
Notes     163
Further Reading     169
List of Illustrations     177
Chronology for Polynesia and Micronesia     185
Index     191
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