The Wandjina paintings of the West Kimberley region of Australia and the (stone figures) of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) emerged from two very different cultures and artistic traditions at opposite ends of Oceania. However, they share a number of similarities in their imagery, significance, and functions that are characteristic of nearly all Oceanic art traditions. For both the Wandjina and the Moai, describe the materials and techniques that were used to create them, what each type of image depicts, how it functioned in its society, and how the social and political hierarchy of each society was organized. Describe the ways that the imagery, roles, and functions of the two types of images are similar and how they differ. How might the social organization of each society have affected the forms and scale of the art works it created?
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Despite coming from different cultures and artistic traditions, the Wandjina paintings and the Moai of Rapa Nui are two types of Oceanic art that share imagery, significance, and functions. Here... View This Answer