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The Resource A'a : a deity from Polynesia, Julie Adams, Steven Hooper and Maia Nuku

A'a : a deity from Polynesia, Julie Adams, Steven Hooper and Maia Nuku

Label
A'a : a deity from Polynesia
Title
A'a
Title remainder
a deity from Polynesia
Statement of responsibility
Julie Adams, Steven Hooper and Maia Nuku
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Surrendered by Islanders, captured as a trophy in a burst of missionary zeal, then shipped to England to begin a new life as an object of curiosity and fascination - this is the story of a constantly transforming idol. This world renowned sculpture is a unique figure in Polynesian art. An image of a deified ancestor, A'A was created sometime before 1821 in the island of Rurutu. Thirty dynamic figures stud his body, and the excellence of his craftsmanship suggests that his hollow interior once contained something of great cultural importance. Recent research at the British Museum revealed a small red feather lodged inside the statue and encouraged the curators to begin a range of scientific tests that had been unavailable to previous generations. Their revelations about the meaning and function of A'A are published here for the first time. AʾA has been inspiring visitors since its arrival at the Museum in 1890, as much for its dramatic backstory as for its workmanship. The missionary John Williams saved the statue from burning, but met an untimely end himself on another Pacific Island. The statue was a sensation when it arrived in England and inspired artists and poets for decades - Picasso was so struck by it that he had a copy made for himself. AʾA is an idol in every sense of the word, and this book aims to inspire a new audience with his story" -- Book jacket
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Cataloging source
PU
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1969-
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Adams, Julie
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Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Hooper, Steven
  • Nuku, Maia
  • British Museum
Series statement
British Museum object in focus
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sculpture, Polynesian
  • Gods in art
  • Idols and images
Label
A'a : a deity from Polynesia, Julie Adams, Steven Hooper and Maia Nuku
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Copyright held by The Trustees of the British Museum
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 61-62)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Maia Nuku
  • Prologue
  • Julie Adams
  • A
  • celebrity sculpture : new discoveries and old questions
  • Julie Adams
  • Mysteries, methods and meanings : on looking closely at A'A
  • Steven Hooper
  • Gods, ancestors, feathers and bones in central Polynesia
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9780714151151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), colour map
Label
A'a : a deity from Polynesia, Julie Adams, Steven Hooper and Maia Nuku
Publication
Copyright
Note
Copyright held by The Trustees of the British Museum
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 61-62)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Maia Nuku
  • Prologue
  • Julie Adams
  • A
  • celebrity sculpture : new discoveries and old questions
  • Julie Adams
  • Mysteries, methods and meanings : on looking closely at A'A
  • Steven Hooper
  • Gods, ancestors, feathers and bones in central Polynesia
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9780714151151
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), colour map

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