Pacific Jewellery and Adornment
This magnificant book showcases more than 250 of the finest example of traditional jewelry from the Pacific. Myraid designs and materials, including jade, whale teeth and bone, shark teeth, tapa, shells, and plant fibers, are woven together in a skillful combination of color and craftsmanship. Apart from their beauty, these personal items also convey information about power, status, and community. Their significance, the ceremonies in which they are worn, and the messages they convey are explored in an illuminating introductory essay. Drawing on the extensive collections of the Auckland Museum, the jewelry shown here represents a vast geographical area: Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Niue, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand. The amazing variety of styles and materials reflects the lifestyles, preoccupations, and imperatives of a people surrounded by the largest ocean on the planet.
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Admiralty Islands areas arm bands arm rings attached Auckland Auckland Museum beads belts Bismarck Archipelago boar tusks Breast Ornament Breast Pendant canoes Caroline Islands carved ceremonial clam shell coast coconut shell coloured combs Conus shell cultures currency dance decorated dog teeth Dr Thomson Wilson drilled earlobes feathers fibre Fiji fishhook glass trade-beads H. C. Maude head-dress hei-tiki heirlooms Highlands human hair jade James Edge-Partington Collection jewellery Kiribati Lapita Length Leys Memorial 1924 Malaita Maori Massim district materials Melanesia Micronesia Nassa shells neck cord neck ornament Neck Pendant nose pins opposite Oro Province Pacific jewellery Papua New Guinea patterns pearl shell Photo plaited Polynesian Polynesian outlier Presented by Dr Province Purchased Samoa shell arm rings shell discs shell rings Solomon Islands Spondylus Spondylus shell string Thomson Wilson Leys Tonga trade Tridacna turtle shell valuable Vanuatu wear wearer whale teeth width Wilson Leys Memorial women wore worn Zealand