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Melanesia

in Grove Art Online

Volume Grove Art Online, issue Published in print August 1996 |
Published online January 1998 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054

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Conventional geographic and cultural division of the South Pacific Ocean, comprising a group of islands with a total land area of 966,975 sq. km, lying north-east of Australia, including the large island of New Guinea. It has a population of around 6 million. Culturally, Melanesia is especially famous for its rich traditions of communal architecture, sculpture in a vast range of media and body arts. For discussion of these and other Melanesian arts see under

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