This text presents a collection of designs drawn from the varied heritage of Pacific cultures, including those of Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Micronesia. The illustrations are carefully researched and based on the close observations of many types of artefacts from pottery and wood carving to textiles, whilst the introduction describes the history of people of Oceania.
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A. C. Haddon adze Ahu'ula ancestor figure Arnhemland artefacts bailer bamboo barkcloth black and white black painted bottom centre bottom right Bougainville breast ornament British Museum Caledonia carved decoration Carved wooden canoe Carved wooden headrest centre Carved wooden centre Detail centre left centre Length centre right collections colour Cook Islands Diameter Easter Island Engraved European feathers Fiji gourd hand club hei tiki Height incised Ireland Province Irian Jaya kapkap left Carved wooden left Length Length 75 cm Lime spatula Manus Province Maori Marquesas Islands material culture Melanesia men's houses Micronesia Milne Bay Milne Bay District missionaries motif objects Oceania Pacific Painted wooden shields Papua New Guinea patterns pearl-shell Polynesia right Carved wooden right Detail right Wooden shell inlay Solomon Islands taiaha Tami Island tattoo top centre top right Carved top right Length trade treasure box Trobriand Islands turtle-shell overlay wahaika wakahuia Western Australia Width wood wooden club yellow Zealand