Oceania: Art of the Pacific Islands in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications)

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Press:Metropolitan Museum of Art Metropolitan Museum of Art (December 3, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-12-03
Author Name:Eric Kjellgren


In aesthetic quality, significance, and scope, the Metropolitan Museum’s Oceanic, or Pacific Islands, collection is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. 
This generously illustrated volume features some 200 masterworks from the more than 2,600 objects currently in the collection, and it is published to coincide with the opening of the Museum’s new galleries of Oceanic art. An overview of Oceanic art and a history of the Metropolitan’s collection are followed by detailed chapters devoted to each of the five major cultural regions of the Pacific: Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and the islands of Southeast Asia.
Among the notable works discussed are a monumental Baining barkcloth figure, a spectacular shield from the Solomon Islands, the Museum’s renowned Torres Strait mask and acclaimed Mangarevan wooden male figure, a weather charm from the Caroline Islands, and textiles from the regions of Lampung and Sumba, in Sumatra.
A glossary and selected bibliography conclude this essential guide.

About the Author

Eric Kjellgren is Evelyn A. 
Hall and John A.
Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
He is the principal author of Adorning the World: Art of the Marquesas Islands (MMA/Yale, 2005) and of Splendid Isolation: Art of Easter Island (MMA/Yale, 2001).


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Comment List (Total:4)

  •     Great price.
  •     Wonderful! I purchased this for one of my courses but I have utilized it far beyond. It is so insightful and beautiful; and the works of art are extraordinary. However, the seller was horrendous. My package was lost for an absurd amount of time and I wasn't able to utilize it in the proper context due to the loss; needless to say, I received a refund and would not purchase from this seller again.
  •     Hardcover, cloth boards with photographic DJ featuring ivory female figure from Tonga, 11.25" x 8.5", 353 Pages, 198 Oceanic objects illustrated in full color, 2 maps (1 x 2 page map, 1 x 1 page map), 78 B/W field photographs. Extensive footnotes throughout. Glossary, index, and an excellent 20-page bibliography. Published by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2007A very worthwhile effort with an eclectic and consistently interesting selection of art from New Guinea, Australia, Island Melanesia, Island Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The text is very readable, informative, and well-researched, and the thorough footnotes are presented in a way so as not to be intrusive. The book features quality presentation, paper and binding. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the artifacts are mostly illustrated in 1/4 or 1/3 pages, and the small size does not always do them full justice. In spite of this limitation, the book is still highly recommended for anybody who appreciates Oceanic Art.
  •     Excellent book

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