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Timelines of World Art: Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

c. 1000–c. 1500

Colossal and distinctive statues, known as moai, are carved from volcanic tuff on Easter Island (Rapanui). Most images depict specific ancestors. Read more...

c. 1200

Nan Madol is constructed as a cermonial centre in Micronesia. The stone walls and platforms are built on basalt logs over the water, creating the 'Venice of the Pacific'. Read more...

c. 1200–c. 1500

Maoris arrive in New Zealand bringing woodcarving with them. The few early carvings that survive show a resemblance to those made in Eastern Polynesia, the Maori's presumed homeland. Read more...


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