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Date(s) - Friday 8 August 2014 to Saturday 11 October 2014
The epic of the Polynesian mother-of-pearl – 1000 years of history from August 8 to October 11, 2014 – from Wednesday to Sunday – from 9 am to 5 pm
This exhibition is the result of the work of Patrick Seurot, who is preparing a doctoral thesis in economic history at The University of French Polynesia: “Nacres and Pearls in Tuamotu in the 19th Century (1801-1920) Economy, Society, Culture.”
It focuses on the epic of Polynesian mother-of-pearl, from a pearl oyster unique to In reconstructing the history of fishing and the uses of this mother-of-pearl, between the year one thousand and the middle of the twentieth century, this is a whole piece of Polynesian history that is coming back to life. four highlights, which make it possible to understand all the themes related to mother-of-pearl. The first room is dedicated to the biology and biotope of the Pinctada margaritifera, variety Cumingii.
The first part of the 2nd room is devoted to mother-of-pearl and its uses before and during the Contact Period (1600-1800), exposing the myths and legends related to the pearl oyster, as well as the different daily uses of its mother-of-pearl. The second part tells the epic of the mother-of-pearl plume in Tuamotu and Gambier between 1801 and 1950 mainly.
A true epic, which gathered in the lagoons almost all the Pa “umotu The last room is devoted to the objects of the mother-of-pearl, transformed in the manufactures of the Oise and of which about forty achievements preserved in the collections of the National Museum Nacre de Meru were specially brought for this exhibition.
By retracing 1000 years of a story that is often overlooked, highlighting the remains of archaeological excavations of mother-of-pearl objects manufactured in Europe, preserved oral traditions of the Tuamotu to more recent archives, pre-European uses of mother-of-pearl to the fascination for the fine pearl, this exhibition is a tribute to the thousands of women and men who participated in the writing of this particular story of the atolls of Polynesia.