THE ARTS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by Jean Guiart

THE ARTS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the fourth volume of The Arts of Mankind series, the author lays a solid foundation for his discussion in an analysis of the geographical, material and social circumstances prevalent in the South Pacific (an area also known as ""Oceania"", which includes Australia, New Guinea, New Hebrides, New Britain, the Solomon Islands, Polynesia, Easter Island, etc.). Basic functions of art pieces such as ancestor figures and elaborate masks are defined, as he progresses geographically (in clear prose) from island to island. Variations and similarities in style are described in the text and clarified by the 417 plates, many in color, which have been placed in large groups throughout. The book will have a place mainly in libraries and the private collections of specialists, but also will make a fine gift for the prospective traveler to the region.

Publisher: Golden Press