Arts and divinities 1760-1860

By bringing together such a great number of exceptional artefacts for the first time, Polynesia Arts and Divinities 1760-1860 is the most representative exhibition of Polynesian art that has ever been put on.  These rare objects – created using precious materials such as feathers, ivory, jade and pearls – played an important part in the cultural and religious life of Polynesia between 1760 and 1860.  The catalogue that was published to accompany the exhibition sets these artefacts in their original contexts, and explains the historical background to the collections represented here, and also celebrates the creative skill of the people who produced them. 

This volume contains illustrations of more than 250 Polynesian artworks from the 18th and 19th centuries, most of which are unknown and have been sourced from great European museums. They include astonishing representations of divinities, ivory ornaments, feather headdresses and decorated textiles…. With Stephen Hooper at the helm, it explores the Pacific islands when they first came into contact with European travellers, missionaries, colonists and artisans.


288 pages 22 cm x 27.5 cm format
343 colour illustrations
10 maps
price : 18 €
isbn : 978-2-915133-84-4

Co-published by musée du quai Branly/Réunion des musées nationaux

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exhibition curator

Steven Hooper, (Sainsbury Research Unit) University of East Anglia and an expert on Polynesia.

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