Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea

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Coaxing the Spirits to Dance explores the relationship between social life and artistic expression since the nineteenth century in one of the most important art-producing regions of Papua New Guinea. It includes a stunning presentation of hand-carved and hand-painted ancestor boards, masks, drums, skull racks, and personal items. Each society on the Papuan Gulf had its own elaborate traditions of carved, painted, or decorated masks, boards, and hand drums that filled the men's longhouses for use in dances and performances ...

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea 2006, Hood Museum of Art Darmouth College, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780944722305

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