Pacific Encounters: Art & Divinity in Polynesia, 1760-1860

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Art - 287 pages

Pacific Encounters brings together for the first time many stunning Polynesian objects collected by voyagers and missionaries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Illustrated are over 270 items gathered from the major regions of Polynesia. Many are from the British Museum, which houses fine and rare material from the expeditions of Captain Cook, Captain Vancouver, and members of the London Missionary Society. Ranging from massive images of gods to small fish hooks, they are discussed in the contexts of their local use and meanings, and their journeys to museums all over the world. These pieces have remarkable stories to tell of encounters between humans and their gods, between Polynesians and Europeans, their respective chiefs and priests, beliefs, and technologies.

Pacific Encounters is a groundbreaking book that conveys the wonder and excitement not only of the objects themselves, but of the fascinating Polynesian cultures that produced them.

 

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Contents

Contents
6
Encountering Polynesia
12
Polynesian Encounters
31
Collecting Polynesia
48
CATALOGUE
76
New Zealand Aotearoa
118
Easter Island Rapa Nui
142
The Marquesas Islands
150
Mangareva and Tuamotu Islands
164
The Society Islands
170
The Austral Islands
192
The Cook Islands
218
Western Polynesia
240
Collectors dealers and institutions
270
Index
284
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Steven Hooper is director of the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, University of East Anglia.

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