Foreword; In search of the present: Fiona Pardington's Ahua; Embossing the abyss: the work of Fiona Pardington; The truth of lineage: time and ta moko; Moulages du temps perdu: a voyage and its relics; Dumoutier's artifacts: a distant glimmer of ghosts; Facing difference: casts as document and display; Documents, specimens, portraits: Dumoutier's Oceanic casts; He ahua tipuna: faces of the ancestors; Et la tete: casting heads in the Pacific.
Dr Kriselle Baker is a freelance writer and curator. She is the author of The Desire of the Line: Ralph Hotere Figurative Works (Auckland, 2005) and, with Vincent O'Sullivan, Ralph Hotere (Auckland, 2008). Prof. Elizabeth Rankin teaches Art History at Auckland University. Previously professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, her writing has focused on retrieving the histories of neglected South African artists, and on sculptors and printmakers internationally.