Sculptures from Micronesia

Edited by Christian Kaufmann and Oliver Wick

Edited by Christian Kaufmann and Oliver Wick

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

280 pages | 120 color plates | 9 3/5 x 12 | © 2013
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9783777420288 Published November 2013 For sale in North America and Japan only
Nukuoro Atoll is a ring of tiny islands in the south Pacific that has a total area of only 1.7 square kilometers and is home to only three hundred residents. Yet the tiny aitu sculptures produced there are known worldwide, appreciated for their unusual forms and coveted for their rarity.
This book features images of almost half the aitu sculptures known to exist, starting with the earliest ones that were purchased by trader Johann Stanislaus Kubary in 1873. These pieces are distributed throughout museums across the globe, and they are rarely seen as a group—let alone photographed in such stunning detail. The resulting book offers an unprecedented chance to assess the form and the achievement of the sculptors of Nukuoro Atoll.



Christian Kaufmann and Oliver Wick


Nukuoro and the World of Polynesia

Philippe Peltier


Kawe, the Figure Carving from Nukuoro, Now in Aucklkand Museum

Roger Neich (†)


German Sources on Nukuoro and the Ancestor Statues: Kubary, Jeshke, and the Hamburg South Sea Expedition

Hilke Thode-Arora


Objects from an Outside World – Walking In and Out

Marion Melk-Koch


A Tino Aitu Figure Below the Surface

Christina Hellmich


New Observations on Nukuoro Wood Sculptures: Lost, Found, Dormant and Dubious

Adrienne L. Kaeppler


An Art History of Nukuoro Statuary

Bernard de Grunne


Catalogue Raisonné of All Known Nukuoro Figures

Bernard de Grunne


A Contribution to the Knowledge on the Peoples of the South Seas: Nukuor (Monteverde Islands)

Johann D. E. Schmeltz and Rudolf Krause


History of the Nukuoro Islanders (Eastern Caroline Islands), Recorded during Several Sojourns between 1910 and 1913

Carl Jeschke


A Final Update on Tino Aitu Carvings, Their Makers in the West Pacific and Their Collectors from Overseas

Christian Kaufmann and Oliver Wick


Figure of Divinity (Tino)

Douglas Newton


Comments on De Menil Nukuoro

Figure A 8418

Roger Neich (†)


The Sope Figure in Berlin Revisited

Leonie Gärtner






Photo Credits


Notes on Author


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