The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne L. KaepplerThe Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia by Adrienne L. Kaeppler

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

byAdrienne L. Kaeppler

Paperback | May 15, 2008

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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 bothtraditional 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 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 andobjects, 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 Micronesianislands.
Adrienne L. Kaeppler is Curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She has carried out field research in Tonga, Hawai`i, and other parts of the Pacific. Her research focuses on the interrelationships between social structure and the arts, especially dance, music, and the visual arts.
Title:The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and MicronesiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.57 inPublished:May 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192842382

ISBN - 13:9780192842381

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Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian Art2. Artistic Visions: Rituals and Sacred Containers3. Aesthetics: Carving, Metaphor, and Allusion4. Genealogical Connections: The Texts of Textiles5. Adorning the Adorned: Tattoo, Ornaments, Clothing, Fashion6. Ritual Spaces, Cultural Landscapes, Space, and the Aesthetic EnvironmentBibliographyFurther ReadingTimelineList of Museums and Galleries

Editorial Reviews

`Review from previous edition 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