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Heppell, Michael. MASKS OF KALIMANTAN..
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Detail of wrap - THE ART AND POLITICS OF WANA SHAMANSHIP (atkinson05p  150/223 ATKI05)
Atkinson, Jane Monnig. THE ART AND POLITICS OF WANA SHAMANSHIP. The ritual tradition of an upland population of Sulawesi. BNo. 0-520-07877-2. First Edition, 1992 (pb). Pp: xviii, 366; 225mm x 150mm; 0.48kg. 30 b/w, 3 maps. Preface, note, introduction, glossary, bibliography, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1992. (The author elucidates the logic, meaning, and practice of the mabalong, a major Wana ritual and explores how and under what conditions ritual authority can translate into political authority in other contexts of Wana life) (Keywords: Social anthropology, Southeast Asia, Indonesia Sulawesi, ritual).
Book Code: Q034 AU$18
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Detail of wrap -  ART OF NAGALAND: The Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva  (barbier3p  165/184  BARB3)
Barbier, Jean Paul. ART OF NAGALAND: The Barbier-Mueller Collection, Geneva. Photography by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini. BNo.2-88104-006-3. First Edition, 1982 (pb). Pp: 87; 235mm x 210mm; 0.47kg. 58 col, 22 b/w, 4 fig, 2 maps. Director's foreword, introduction, conclusion, notes, bibliography. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. (slight browning of wrp margins). The Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva, 1982. (This catalogue was published in conjunction with a 1982 touring Museum exhibition of works from the renowned Barbier-Mueller collection in Geneva. It illuminates the work of the Naga; a tribal people that inhabit the sub-Himalayan border region of India, China and Burma) (Keywords: Tribal art, ethnology, material culture, Southeast Asia, northeast India, Naga, sculptures, textiles).
Book Code: R722 AU$150
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Detail of front of wrap -  PUNAN ART AND ARTEFACTS (chadwick1ap  170/178  CHAD01)
Chadwick, Neil J. & P.P. Courtenay. PUNAN ART AND ARTEFACTS. At the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, April, 1983. BNo. 0-86443-095-7. First Edition, 1983 (pb). Pp: (ii), 66; 225mm x 215mm; 0.20kg. 39 b/w, 3 maps. Introduction, bibliography. A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (ex ref-lib; wear & some marking on wrp; small stamp & pocket on bep) James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, 1983. (The artefacts covered in this catalogue include: clothing, baskets, back-packs, tobacco containers, and blow dart containers) (Keywords: Ethnology, Asia, Malaysia, Borneo, Sarawak, Punan, Rajang, Baram).
Book Code: K129 AU$45
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Detail of wrapper - ISLAND OF BALI - Balinese life and culture (covarrubias1ap 150/226 COVA1)
Covarrubias, Miguel. ISLAND OF BALI. Balinese life and culture. BNo. n/a. Sixth Printing, 1950 (1937). Pp: xxvi, 418, xii; 235mm x 155mm; 1.30kg. 1 col, 114 b/w, 93 illus, 1 map. Acknowledgments, introduction, glossary, bibliography, index. A good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: g; dw: g. (wear on dw & cvr; weakened front hinge). Alfred A. Knopf Inc, New York, 1950. (The book presents a bird's eye view of Balinese life and culture which the author considered to be doomed to disappear. Beginning with a picture of Bali, Covarrubias proceeds to describe the geography and nature of the island and then relates to the history of the race) (Keywords: Anthropology, culture, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Bali).
Book Code: F279 AU$88
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Green, Eda. BORNEO - LAND OF RIVER AND PALM. Borneo Mission Association. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1909. Pp: xv, 170; 185mm x 120mm; 0.50kg. 54 b/w(pl), 3 maps. Preface, author's prefatory note, appendix. A good hardback copy. Cvr: g. (no dw; some wear on cvr; missing fep). Borneo Mission Association, London, 1909. (This book is about Borneo and its people, their customs, superstitutions and beliefs. It is also a history of missions and the position of the Church in Borneo) (Keywords: Social anthropology, history, missions, Southeast Asia, Borneo).
Book Code: K454 AU$90
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Detail of cover - THE AKHA - Wayfarers of the Thai Forest (grunfeld01p 170/219 GRUN01)
Grunfeld, Frederic V. & Michael Freeman. THE AKHA. Wayfarers of the Thai Forest. BNo. 7054-0703-9. First Edition, 1982. Pp: 168; 270mm x 220mm; 0.77kg. Num col, 1 map(ep). Introduction, bibliography, acknowledgments, credits, index. A good copy with illustrated front board. Cvr: g. (wear on corners of cvr). People of the Wild Series, Time-Life Books, Amsterdam, 1982. (The writer and the photographer spent several weeks in an Akha village and took part in everyday life and seasonal celebrations to understand and explain such an intriguing and complex people) (Keywords: Cultural sociology, material culture, Thailand, Akha).
Book Code: P358 AU$70
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Detail of front of wrap  -   MASKS OF KALIMANTAN  (heppell1p  150/160  HEPP01)
Heppell, Michael. MASKS OF KALIMANTAN. Photography by Tasmin O'Neill. BNo. 0-9589225-1-9. First Edition, 1992 (pb). Pp: 48, (xxiv); 225mm x 205mm; 0.30kg. 26 col, 26 b/w, 25 fig, 1 map. Preface, foreword, introduction, conclusion, bibliography, notes. A very good paperback copy in illustrated wrap. Wrp: vg. Indonesian Art Society, Melbourne, Victoria, 1992. (The author discusses Kalimantan, the country, outside influences on Dayak art, the inland people of Kalimantan, the Dayak and their religion, and Dayak masks. The text is well supported with photographs of ritual and ceremonial performances and illustrations and descriptions of forty-four masks in the catalogue section) (Keywords: Benanek, Iban, Pantu, Batang, Delok, Balleh, Rejang, Baku, Layar, Busang, Babau, Modang, Mahakam).
Book Code: M009 SOLD - now out of stock AU$25
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Detail of wrapper - IBAN ART - Sexual Selection and Severed Heads.  ( gr-heppell03p  170/234  HEPP03)
Heppell, Michael; Limbang Anak Melaka & Enyan Anak Usen. IBAN ART - Sexual selection and severed heads. Weaving, sculpture, tattooing and other arts. BNo.906-832540-X. First Edition, 2005. Pp: 181; 300mm x 240mm; 1.16kg. 223 col, 31 fig, 2 maps. Preface, acknowledgments, notes, bibliography, glossary, index. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: vg. KIT Publishers, Amsterdam & C. Zwartenkot - Art Books, Leiden, 2005. (The author describes the ikat, sungkitpilih and other forms of Iban weaving, the sculptures, the tattooing, metal forging and other art of the Iban. The book shows howweaving and headhunting came to be ritualised, the one encouraging the other, so that sexual selection was bound into the Iban's holy trinity of taking heads, growing rice and birth or regeneration) (Keywords: Social anthropology, tradition arts, ritual, Southeast Asia, Borneo, Iban, weaving, sculptures).
Book Code: T509 AU$149
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Hose, Charles. NATURAL MAN. A Record from Borneo. BNo. 0-19-588886-3. Paperback Edition, 1988 (1926) (pb). Pp: xvi, 284; 215mm x 135mm; 0.53kg. 119 b/w, 1 map. Introduction, references, preface, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. Oxford University Press, Singapore, 1988. (The author may be described as one of the last of the great Victorian amateurs. He describes the customs and beliefs of the various peoples who inhabit the northern part of Borneo. The description also includes their tribal and village life, arts and crafts, their creeds and superstitions, and morals and mentality) (Keywords: Cultural anthropology, Southeast Asia, Borneo, Sarawak, Dayak, Iban).
Book Code: E088 AU$22
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Jackson, James C. SARAWAK. A Geographical Survey of a Developing State. BNo. 0-340-09383-8. First Edition, 1968. Pp: 218; 215mm x 140mm; 0.48kg. 15 b/w(pl), 27 tab, 34 maps. Preface, bibliography, index. A good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: g; dw: g. (minor wear on dw & cvr). University of London Press Ltd, London, 1968. (The author has used for the basis of his study social and economic development which permits the logical introduction of much historical information essential to an understanding of both the patterns and processes of development) (Keywords: Social, economic development, history, Asia, Borneo, Sarawak).
Book Code: G196 AU$20
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Detail of  wrap -  THE NAGAS - Hill Peoples of Northeast India  (jacobs1p  200/176  JACO1)
Jacobs, Julian. THE NAGAS - Hill Peoples of Northeast India. Society, Culture and the Colonial Encounter. BNo. 0-500-97471-3. First Edition 1998 (pb), (1990). Pp: 359; 225mm x 245mm; 1.50kg. 250 col, 450 b/w, 1 map. Acknowledgments, footnotes, glossary, bibliography. A very good paperback copy in illustrated cover. Wrp: vg. Thames and Hudson, London, 1998. (With Alan Macfarlane, Sarah Harrison and Anita Herle. The vibrant material culture is generously illustrated in this book in colour photographs which display their textiles, basketry, weapons, metalwork and carvings. The artefacts are examined in their full historical and anthropological context) (Keywords: Ethnology, Ao, Ang, Angami, Chang, Kerami, Mao, Sema, Kabui, Konyak, Tangkhul, Zemi).
Book Code: P267 AU$54
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Kartomi, Margaret. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF INDONESIA. An Introductory Handbook. BNo. 0-9589225-0-0. First Edition, 1985 (pb). Pp: (iv), 60; 230mm x 210mm; 0.28kg. 7 col, 31 b/w, 19 fig, 1 map. Foreword, introduction, selected bibliography and discography, list, notes. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. Indonesian Art Society, Melbourne, 1985. (This book describes a representative sample of instruments from the many islands of Indonesia and many are illustrated with photographs and figures) (Keywords: Ethnology, Southeast Asia, Indonesia).
Book Code: M016 AU$20
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O'Hanlon, Redmond. INTO THE HEART OF BORNEO. An account of a journey made in 1983 to the mountains of Batu Tiban with James Fenton. BNo. 0-14-007397-3. Reprint Edition, 1985 (1984) (pb). Pp: (xii), 192; 200mm x 130mm; 0.20kg. 15 b/w(pb), 2 maps. Selected bibliography, index. A good paperback copy. Wrp: g. (weat on wrp; slight browning of page edge). Penguin Books, Middlesex, England, 1985. (This book is a travel story involving a long river voyage up the Rajang and Baleh rivers into the interior towards an unexplored mountain range on the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan) (Keywords: Exploration, Southeast Asia, Borneo, Sarawak, Kalimantan).
Book Code: A097 AU$14
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Detail of  wrap -  ARTS AND CRAFTS OF INDONESIA. (richter1p 170/201  RICH1)
Richter, Anne. ARTS AND CRAFTS OF INDONESIA. Photographs by John Storey. BNo. 0-500-27736-2. First Edition, 1993 (pb). Pp: 160; 255mm x 220mm; 0.68kg. 156 col, num b/w & fig, 1 map. Introduction, bibliography, acknowledgments, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. Thames and Hudson, London, 1993. (Based on her extensive research and knowledge of Indonesian decorative arts, the author's authoritative text offers a vivid portrait of Indonesian societies, the essential role of artistic accomplishment in the community and in the lives of the native people, and a representative sampling of the wide range of crafts they create) (Keywords: Traditional arts, crafts, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, textiles, jewelry, ceramics).
Book Code: Q161 AU$28
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Seton, Grace Thompson. POISON ARROWS. Strange Journey with an Opium Dreamer Annam, Cambodia, Siam, and The Lotos Isle of Bali. BNo. n/a. First Edition (UK), 1938. Pp: 301; 210mm x 130mm; 0.77kg. 32 b/w(pl), 3 maps. Contents, list. A good hardback copy in original yellow-cloth boards. Cvr: g. (lacks dw; inscription on fep; wear on cvr). John Gifford Limited, London, 1938. (An account of the author's travels through southeast Asia where she describes the places visited and the indigenous peoples met along the way. Their customs are also described and illustrated with photographs. The journey starts in Saigon, moving northwards to NhaTrang before moving into mountains of Annam and the region of the Moi people. The travels also take her across Cambodia to Thailand and then southward across Java to Bali) (Keywords: Travel, southeast Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Moi, Mnong).
Book Code: P308 AU$75
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Detail of wrap -  ISLAND ANCESTORS  - Oceanic Art from the Masco Collection  (wardwell6p 150/206  WARD6)
Wardwell, Allen & Dirk Bakker. ISLAND ANCESTORS. Oceanic Art from the Masco Collection. BNo. 0-295-97330-7. First Edition 1994 (pb). Pp: xiv, 282; 305mm x 225mm; 1.39kg. 144 col, 2 maps. Foreword, preface, acknowledgments, introduction, bibliography, index. A very good paperback copy. Wrp: vg. University of Washington Press, Washington, 1994. (Description: The 107 objects illustrated in this book come from three Oceanic culture areas of Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia, as well as the continent of Australia. The author reviews the histories of the island groups, their settlement following migrations from Asia, their societies, and the philosophies and aesthetics that give context to artistic styles and techniques that identify each culture) (Keywords: Ethnology, Papua New Guinea, Sepik, Boiken, Yuat, Trobriand, Kerewa, Solomon, Caledonia, Fiji, Austral, Marquesas, Hawaii, Arnhem Land).
Book Code: P274 AU$150
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Detail of wrapper - THE YEAR OF THE HORNBILL (wilson10p 145/221  WILS10)
Wilson, Hugh. THE YEAR OF THE HORNBILL. A Volunteer's Service in Sarawak. BNo. n/a. First Edition, 1966. Pp: 164; 215mm x 140mm; 0.37kg. 28 b/w, 2 maps. Author's note, epilogue, glossary. A very good copy in dust wrapper. Cvr: vg; dw: g. (minor wear on dw). A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1966. (This book is an account of the author's experiences as a volunteer in Sarawak as a teacher) (Keywords: Sociology, culture, adventure, Southeast Asia, Borneo, Sarawak).
Book Code: H264 SOLD - now out of stock AU$24
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Detail of wrapper - THE HILL TRIBES OF NORTHERN THAILAND (young10p 150/200  YOUN10)
Young, Oliver Gordon. THE HILL TRIBES OF NORTHERN THAILAND. (A Socio-Ethnological Report). BNo.n/a. Fifth Edition, 1974 (1961). Pp: xiv, 96; 240mm x 180mm; 0.30kg. 25 col, 73 b/w(pl), 8 tab, 1 chart, 6 maps. About the author, foreword, acknowledgments. A good cardcover copy in dust wrapper. Wrp: vg; dw: g. (wear on dw). Siam Society, Bangkok, 1974. (In this report, the author presents some of the more pertinent aspects of the hill tribes in northern Thailand as he has been privileged to see them. The object is an overall review of current social, cultural and economic conditions, together with a brief analysis of the historical and ethnic background of each tribal subdivision) (Keywords: Ethnic, historical culture, Asia, Thailand, tribes, Akha, Lahu, Yao, Meo).
Book Code: S428 AU$45
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