Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands

A Pictorial Guide to the Fish Hooks from the Peoples of the Pacific Islands

Edited by Daniel Blau and Klaus Maaz

Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands

Edited by Daniel Blau and Klaus Maaz

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

Texts by Sydney Picasso and Anthony JP Meyer
373 pages | 339 color plates, 31 halftones | 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2012
Cloth $170.00 ISBN: 9783777449319 Published March 2012 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

The humble fish hook derives its form from its function: to catch fish. But in cultures where fishing is central to the way of life, the crafting of fish hooks is elevated to a form of art.
Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands brings together the finest specimens from private collections all over the world. Included are more than three hundred newly commissioned photographs showing over six hundred fish hooks at their actual size, accompanied by details on their features and provenance. This is the first comprehensive catalog of Pacific Island fish hooks in more than eighty years, and it brings together vast amounts of new information, including recent discoveries and updated research. In addition, the book includes contributions by Sydney Picasso and oceanic art expert Anthony J. P. Meyer.
Opulently illustrated and unprecedented in its comprehensiveness, Fish Hooks of the Pacific Islands offers an incredible amount of information and will be essential to scholars and collectors of tribal or Pacific Island art.

Forewords by Anthony JP Mayer and Daniel Blau
Essay by Sydney Picasso


Index of Islands and Regions
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