The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

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by Adrienne L. Kaeppler
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0192842382

ISBN-13: 9780192842381

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192842381
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Oxford History of Art Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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

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