Sculpture of Polynesia

The Art Institute of Chicago

In conjunction with the Museum of Primitive Art, Allan Wardwell, Curator of Primitive Art at the Art Institute of Chicago organized an exhibition of the Sculpture of Polynesia.

Although the exhibition was handsome it was limited and restricted by the subject matter. Certain significant examples were not included, e.g. some of the more exuberant carvings from New Zealand; indicative examples of Hawaiian material such as the war god and, for an exhibition devoted to a definitive survey of the subject, one of the stone heads from Easter Island that are now in museum collections would.have seemed almost a necessity. Since the breadth of sculptural ideas in Polynesia was limited by comparison with other cultural regions of the Pacific, arts other than sculpture might well have been included—the amazing rubbed and painted tapas, for example.

Paralleling the stratified cultures of this area, with

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