Pacific jewellery and adornment /

Neich, Roger.

Pacific jewellery and adornment / Roger Neich and Fuli Pereira ; photographs by Krzysztof Pfeiffer. - Auckland, N.Z. : David Bateman, 2004. - 189 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 30 cm.

The Auckland Museum has extensive collections of the traditional personal ornaments of the peoples off the South Pacific, including Melanesia and Micronesia. They display a huge variety of styles and materials used, yet all reflect the lifestyles, preoccupation's and imperatives of a people surrounded by thousands of square miles of ocean. Areas covered include Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, the Marquesas, Niue, the Cook Islands and New Zealand. Materials used include: jade, whale teeth and bone, shark teeth, tapa, coconut fibres, shells, flax and other plant fibres. The myriad designs and styles reflect the diversity of the cultures in this remarkable region. Introductory essay explaining significance of designs and materials and the ceremonies in which the jewellery is worn. "Draw[s] on the extensive collections of the Auckland Museum"--inside cover.

Includes bibliography (p. 187) and index. Includes bibliographical references (p. 187) and index.

1869535359 (pbk.)

Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Ethnic jewelry.
Decoration and ornament, Pacific.


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