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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, light fading, a 1cm tear to the top edge with wear around the tear, and a price sticker on the front flap. There is light age spotting to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 227 x 297 mm
Pages: 136
Publisher: William Collins
Publication date: 1977 first edition


Whaowhia: Maori Art and its Artists
By Gilbert Archey

Contains numerous illustrations and photos

The author studied Maori art for most of his long life; and studied the observations and interpretations put forward by other specialists in books, reviews and journals, not only of Maori art per se but also its place in the wider field of Pacific art. His own contribution to the literature on Maori art is large, lively and controversial. This, his last book, is a compendium of his life work.

The range of subjects covered is comprehensive - from meeting houses and war canoes to personal ornaments, and including weapons, treasure boxes, burial chests, musical instruments, cloaks - using a variety of materials, from readily work able timbers, flax, bone, and whale ivory to the less tractable greenstone, argillite and basalt.

Sir Gilbert was always interested in the men behind the art - the unknown to - hungas who worked, practised and experimented in styles ranging from formalism through impressionism to near abstract. He was interested too in the various `schools', the tribal and area influences, the way in which themes keep recurring throughout the whole range of these three dimensional or tactile arts.


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