Tattooing in the Marquesas

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This definitive source on the intricate tattoos of Polynesia's Marquesas Islands offers a rare glimpse of a dying art. Because of the colonial authorities' 1884 ban on tattooing, there remained only a single surviving tattoo artist at the time of this 1921 survey -- and a dwindling number of living examples. These 38 plates of black-and-white drawings and photographs provide an unusually complete and intimate record of a sophisticated art form. The Marquesas consist of a dozen rugged volcanic islands that lie 1,000 miles northeast of Tahiti. Rich in oral traditions, folklore, and decorative arts, their complex culture was devastated by the intrusions of outsiders during the nineteenth century. In the early 1920s, Hawaii's Bishop Museum sponsored an expedition to preserve what was left of the islanders' vanishing world. Willowdean Chatterson Handy, an expedition associate, created this priceless record of the ancient body art rituals. In addition to detailed information about tattoo methods and customs, Handy's account features fascinating insights into the designs' symbolic significance and their representation of social status. Her painstaking drawings of tattoo patterns are accompanied by captions that explain the traditional motifs.show more

Book details

EAN

9780486466125

Classifications

French Polynesia
Drawing and drawings
Body art & tattooing
Photographs=> collections

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

80 pages

Weight(g)

138g

Dimensions(mm)

236 x 155 x 4

Publication date

2008-08-29

Publisher

Dover Publications Inc.

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780486466125
Classification French Polynesia
Drawing and drawings
Body art & tattooing
Photographs=> collections
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 80 pages
Weight(g) 138g
Dimensions(mm) 236 x 155 x 4
Publication date 2008-08-29
Publisher Dover Publications Inc.
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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