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Book Review: Atua: sacred gods from Polynesia

Hansen, David


Approaching Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, one’s first encounter is with two semi-abstract totemic figures from a marae by Cook Islands artist Eruera Nia. Embedded in a low, square, grey plinth, these silver-weathered wooden arabesques are at once descriptive and abstract, hieratic and dynamic, leaping up into vision and consciousness in a manner comparable to that of the [End Page 307] National Gallery of Australia’s modernist masterpiece, Constantin Brancusi’s Birds in Space. Then, turning...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Source: The Contemporary Pacific
DOI: 10.1353/cp.2015.0022


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