Painted histories: early Maori figurative painting

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Auckland University Press, Nov 1, 1993 - Art - 330 pages
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This richly illustrated book explores the flowering of figurative painting in the decoration of Maori meeting houses in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Not practiced in traditional Maori culture, figurative painting developed in response to missionary criticism of Maori church decoration. Neich analyzes the theory and practice of this art and describes the figurative painting on more than eighty meeting houses.

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About the author (1993)

Neich is Curator of Ethnology at Auckland Museum, which houses the biggest collection of tapa in the world. He has studied the ethnic arts and material culture of the Pacific for over twenty years.