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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 353

The MET : Gallery 353 : Polynesia and Micronesia

Art From Us, Museum Guide #583

Art From Us presents a must-see Museum Guide daily, where we showcase specific artworks in specific museums – from across the globe. Today, for Art From Us, Museum Guide #583 the spotlight is on the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 353. Showcasing a collection of art from Polynesia and Micronesia.

The three works in focus are :

  1. Male Figure, from the 18th – early 19th century.
  2. Figure, from 9th – 11th century.
  3. Ear Ornament or Pendant, from the 18th – early 19th century.

The significance of the 3 works chosen for Art From Us, Museum Guide #583

Welcome to the Art From Us, Museum Guide #583.

The objects above and others in this particular gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art represent the cultures of Micronesia and Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean.

A Brief Exploration of Micronesia

A country of islands situated in the Western Pacific Ocean, Micronesia consists about 600 islands, each of which are different politically, culturally and linguistically. This makes the region extremely diverse and culturally rich.  Palikir, located on the island of Pohnpei is the capital of the region. Most people in the region are engaged in agricultural and fishing activities, which is their primary source of livelihood.

A Brief Exploration of Polynesia

Polynesia is a group of about 1000 islands dotted around the Central and Southern Pacific ocean. The area became first inhabited approximately 3000 years ago. At the time, due to the difficult climactic and living conditions in the region, the inhabitants engaged simply in subsistence farming in order to be self-sufficient. The region since then has seen a fast cultural evolution, due to it frequent colonization by Western countries.

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