This painting from the Cook Islands is a fine example of Polynesian representational art from the colonial period.

It is on barkcloth, a material made from soaking and beating the inner bark of trees. The arrival of Christianity introduced new forms of decoration, such as this image of a church.

Provenance

Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland; formerly de-accessioned from the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, to whom it was probably donated in the late 19th or early 20th century by descendants of or persons associated with the first missionary owner, Rosalind Co


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