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Tatau: A history of Samoan tattooing

Sean Mallon Sebastien Galliot



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New South Books
01 September 2018
Body art & tattooing; History; Australasian & Pacific history; Social & cultural history
A strikingly designed and richly illustrated retelling of the unique history of Samoan tattooing, from 3000 years ago to today.

The Samoan Islands are unusual in that tattooing has been continuously practised with indigenous techniques: the design of the full male tattoo, the pe'a has evolved in subtle ways since the nineteenth century, but remains as elaborate, meaningful and powerful as it ever was.

This first history of Samoan tatau explores the people, encounters, events and external forces that have defined Samoan tattooing over many centuries.

Stunningly illustrated with images of nineteenth and twentieth century and contemporary Samoan tattoos, along with intricate diagrams of designs and motifs, Tatau is the definitive guide to this rich and influential living art form.
By:   Sean Mallon, Sebastien Galliot
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 255mm,  Width: 200mm, 
Weight:   1.200kg
ISBN:   9781742236162
ISBN 10:   1742236162
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   01 September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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