The Modern World During and After the World Wars, C. 1914–1960

Pacific Art

What is Pacific art?

“Pacific art” covers the art of cultures in Oceania, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. This includes countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea, and territories such as Easter Island, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, and the U.S. state of Hawaii. The art of these regions is sometimes referred to as “Oceanic art.” Pacific art forms and subject matter can vary greatly from culture to culture and can include paintings, ritual masks, wood and stone carvings, domestic and monumental architecture, textiles, and body art.


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