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(700 - 1980 C.E.)

Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii

CONTENT: What do you see?

FORM: The details (what you see more exactly). How the artist delivers the content.

CONTEXT: Everything NOT observable.

FUNCTION: The intended purpose of the work.



UNIT Sheet: below




SmartHistory's  - Art of Oceania including Polynesia, Melanesia, and Mircronesia.





The Pacific Unit Sheet:

The Pacific Unit Sheet:

APAH 250 Images:

(From earlier Prehistoric Unit):

9.  The Ambum Stone

11. Terra cotta fragment

Applied Art:

221. Navigation chart

219. Hiapo (tapa)

220. Tamati Waka Nene Gottfried Lindauer


Objects of Power and Authority:

215. 'Ahu 'ula (feather cape)

223. Presentation of Fijian mats and

        tapa cloth to Queen Elizabeth II

Sacred Objects of Ritual and Performance:
216. Staff god

         - staff god (contextual image)

217. Female deity

218. Buk (mask)

222. Malagan mask

         - Malagan display 

Structures of Power and Authority:

213. Nan Madol

214. Moai on platform (ahu)

•deity: a god

•tapu: objects that project status

•tatu / tatau: tattoo (the first to wear those famous designs were likely the Lapita)

•mana: a person’s vital force

•malangan: refers to both the memorial ceremonies carried out after burial and mourning and the masks, figures, and posts made for use in these ceremonies

•tatanua masks: masks symbolic of important subjects including identity, kinship, gender, death, and the spirit world

•moai: monolithic statues

•pukao: the top knots placed on some moai statues on Easter Island

•monolith: a large, single upright block of stone often shaped into a pillar or monument

•‘ahu ’ula: “red cloak” refers to the red color associated with royalty in Hawaii

•Lapita: an ancient Pacific culture believed to be the common ancestor of the contemporary cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and some areas of Melanesia.


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