Paperback / softback
May 23, 2011
9780642334206
English
128
93 color illus.
10.50 Inches (US)
8.50 Inches (US)
1.5 Pounds (US)
$35.00 USD
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Varilaku

Pacific Arts from the Solomon Islands

Through the finest traditional Solomon Islands art in Australia's museums and galleries, Varilaku explores kastom beliefs in ancestral ghosts, the world of spirit beings, ocean-bound raiding expeditions, and the Indigenous aesthetics of the self--the use of adornments to express identity and status from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.

The earliest accounts by travelers to the region note the particular finesse, care, and attention given by Solomon Islanders to their arts. Pitch-black surfaces, gleaming inlaid sections of shell, and distended faces are only some of the distinct features of the works in Varilaku. Figurative sculpture varies from one island to the next: abstraction in the northern islands, clustered shell inlay in the southern islands, and sublime naturalism in the western islands.
National Gallery of Australia

9780642334206 : varilaku-howarth-waite-attenborough
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