The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

Kaeppler, Adrienne Lois (Book - 2008 )
The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

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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 theinfluence of artists such as Gauguin. Instead of looking at Polynesia and Micronesia separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts that they share, placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler looks at 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 the rich and vibrant artistic cultures of the Polynesian and Micronesian islands.
Authors: Kaeppler, Adrienne Lois
Title: The Pacific arts of Polynesia and Micronesia
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Characteristics: 210 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Adrienne L. Kaeppler
Contents: Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian art
Artistic visions, rituals, and sacred containers
Aesthetics, carving, metaphor, and allusion
Genealogical connections: the texts of textiles
Adorning the adorned: tattoo, ornaments, clothing, fashion
Ritual spaces, cultural landscapes: space, and the aesthetic environment
ISBN: 0192842382
Branch Call Number: 709.96 K11p 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [163]-176) and index
Subject Headings: Art, Melanesian Art, Polynesian
Topical Term: Art, Melanesian
Art, Polynesian
LCCN: 2008004177
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