Pacific Encounters

Now £10.00

Members' price *

Was £25.00 Save £15.00

  • This book brings together for the first time many stunning Polynesian objects gathered during the early period of contact with European voyagers, missionaries and settlers. The book will present, in eight thematic sections, around 270 items with short captions, including sculptures in wood and stone; feather and basketry images; feather cloaks; wood bowls; decorated bark cloths; and ornaments and valuables of ivory, shell, bone and nephrite. The objects will be drawn from the major regions of Polynesia: the Society Islands (Tahiti), Austral Islands, Cook Islands, Marquesas Islands, Hawaii, Easter Island, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. Two introductory essays will place the objects in their cultural and historical contexts. The first will focus on the role, meaning and interpretation of Polynesian art and material culture; the second on the history of the collection of this material by explorers (Cook et al.), missionaries and traders, and the routes by which it eventually came to

  • Product code: cmc25756
    Price category: 10 to 25
    World culture: Oceania
    Title: Pacific Encounters
    Subtitle: Art & Divinity in Polynesia 1760-1860
    Author: Steven Hooper
    ISBN: 9780714125756
    Number of pages: 272
    Size: 276x219mm
    llustrations: 320 colour and 10 b/w
    Weight: 1.2kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

    Exclusive web price
    Every purchase supports the Museum
  • Free UK delivery on all BMP books (up to a maximum of 5kg).

    Delivery charges for the rest of the world: are calculated depending on the weight (kg) and destination of the order.

    Estimated Delivery times:
    UK and Europe: 5 - 10 working days.
    Rest of the world: 10 to 28 working days.

    For more information, please see our full Delivery policy here

    If for any reason you are not entirely happy with books and other products purchased from the shop, we will refund the value of the goods supplied. Please contact Customer Services directly on 0800 218 2222 (or from abroad on +44 (0)20 7079 0970) for individual advice.

    Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges on pierced earrings for hygiene reasons, unless they are faulty.

    For more information, please see our full Returns policy here

You may also like

  • The American Scene The American Scene
  • Add The American Scene for only 25.00
  • Add
  • Spectacular images of American society and culture including prints from Hopper to Pollock.
  • Treasures of the British Museum Treasures of the British Museum
  • Add Treasures of the British Museum for only 25.00
  • Add
  • A must-have celebration of the highlights from the British Museum's world-famous collections.
  • Snake single coil ring Snake single coil ring
  • Add Snake single coil ring for only 40.00
  • Add
  • Sterling silver hallmarked.
  • Egyptian turquoise figurine (Hippo) Egyptian turquoise figurine (Hippo)
  • Add Egyptian turquoise figurine (Hippo) for only 40.00
  • Add
  • A hippo made from hand-fired earthenware in faience blue.

We offer gift-wrapping on all our items. Scarves and jewellery are placed in pillow packs or universal jewellery boxes. You can add your own personal message whenever you send anything as a gift.

Can we help?

Delivery Information

The British Museum online shop is able to offer a worldwide delivery service, and free UK delivery on BMP books.
View our delivery information page

Customer Services

Having trouble with your order? You can email us or call:
Helpline: 0800 218 2222 or +44 (0)20 7079 0970
Ticket booking: +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Membership: +44 (0)20 7323 8195

Follow us

Become a fan of the British Museum Shop on Facebook and Twitter to share all the latest offers and exclusive access to new gifts.

Every purchase supports the Museum

Feedback Form