In aesthetic quality, significance, and scope, the Metropolitan Museum’s Oceanic, or Pacific Islands, collection is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. This generously illustrated volume features some 200 masterworks from the more than 2,600 objects currently in the collection, and it is published to coincide with the opening of the Museum’s new galleries of Oceanic art.
An overview of Oceanic art and a history of the Metropolitan’s collection are followed by detailed chapters devoted to each of the five major cultural regions of the Pacific: Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and the islands of Southeast Asia. Among the notable works discussed are a monumental Baining barkcloth figure, a spectacular shield from the Solomon Islands, the Museum’s renowned Torres Strait mask and acclaimed Mangarevan wooden male figure, a weather charm from the Caroline Islands, and textiles from the regions of Lampung and Sumba, in Sumatra. A glossary and selected bibliography conclude this essential guide.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
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About the Author
Eric Kjellgren is Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the principal author of Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands (MMA/Yale, 2005) and of Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island (MMA/Yale, 2001).
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To begin this review, I would like to mention that this is my first product review on Barnes and Noble's website! So now it's time to type my opinion(s) on this fascinating reference book. I will also provide info on this book, such as: chapters, features, what to expect, etc. As the title suggests, this book is about art pieces from the unique and expansive region known as "Oceania". Excluding the introduction, which gives the reader an informative, yet understandable history on Oceania, each chapter describes the individual "parts" that form the region. After the introductions, the first chapter is about New Guinean art. New Guinea artworks are described throughout this book, and it's one of the most expansive chapters in here. Now that isn't a drawback a bad thing, just expect it to be a lengthy one. Throughout this chapter, you will see photos and informative text about each individual art piece. Many of these pieces come from various collections, which are properties of the Metropolitan Museum. You will also find interesting "catalog" info, if that is the correct way to describe it. Also included are photographs of many tribal peoples using the items for different activities and purposes. Although these images are absent on some pages, you will notice them on certain pages in the book As I mentioned before, I am still reading the New Guinea chapter, so I can't describe a lot of info on the later chapters. One last thing I want to discuss is a personal experience related to the Metropolitan Museum. Several months ago, my twin brother went on a High School field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unfortunately, I was unable to go on the trip, but my brother had a great time there. I purchased this book several months ago, and when it arrived, I showed it to my brother. Interestingly enough, he recognized several of the art pieces featured in this book! For example, he recognized art pieces such as the body mask on page 30, and the slit gong. I hope that I can visit the museum next year, because I think that it would be a fascinating and fun experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, as this is a great book for people who are interested in the subject. In the future, I will probably buy more books about the Metropolitan Museum. As I conclude this review, I would hope that this review is helpful to others. Thank you for taking your time to read my review,