The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas

By: O’Neil, John P., ed.; Douglas Newton; Julie Jones; Kate Ezra, intros.

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Wraps, 23 by 30 cm, 160 pp., illus. New, still in the publisher’s shrinkwrap. A broad selection of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “from the Pacific appear the extraordinary memorial polls made by the Asmat peoples of Irian Jaya in western in New Guinea, and the commanding works of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea. Other objects range from a New Ireland funerary carving to a Maori feather box From New Zealand, and important male figures from the Gambier and Easter islands in Polynesia. The African sculptures illustrated in this volume come from the forest in Savannah areas south of the Sahara Desert. A compelling thirteenth-century terra-cotta figure from the ancient city of Jenne is the earliest African work in the collection. Numerous royal sculptures in bronze and ivory – including a magnificent sixteenth-century ivory mask-document the five-hundred-year history of art in the southern Nigerian kingdom of Benin. Wood figures and masks illustrate the diversity of styles in African art - from the stark geometry of the Dogon seated couple and the subtle abstraction of the great Fang head, to the spiritual presence of the Kongo power figures and the lush detail and expressive sensitivity of the famous Luba “Buli Master” stool. Pre-Columbian America is represented by works spanning a period of about twenty-five hundred years. The earliest objects here are the ceramic and jade sculpture of the Olmec peoples of Mexico. A unique Maya sculpture in wood of a seated figure – the only known three-dimensional Maya wood object to have survived the ravages of a tropical rainforest environment – and one of the gems of the collection is also here. A rich selection of Precolombian gold objects from Central America, Columbia, and Peru document this strong area of the Museum’s holdings. And Peru, whose dry coastal sands have preserved fragile, otherwise easily perishable works, is further represented by such pieces as the great hangings of brilliant blue-and-yellow parrot feathers.”

Title: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas

Author Name: O’Neil, John P., ed.; Douglas Newton; Julie Jones; Kate Ezra, intros.

Categories: Art, Africa, Anthropology,

Publisher: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1987

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 3069