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BOOK REVIEW

Oceanic Art

Diane Losche


Book jacket showing fly whisk, Tubuai, Austral Islands, height 90 cm. Oceanic Art by Nicholas Thomas, Thames & Hudson, Melbourne, 1995

Oceanic Art by Nicholas Thomas, a new arrival from the Thames and Hudson series World of Art, is a fine introduction to a potentially vast and unwieldy subject. The rich texture that characterises the volume is achieved by exploring particular subjects within the context of specific cultural regions, or alternatively, in some chapters, by reading distinctive practices, such as tattooing, across a number of contexts.

The Sepik Region…

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