Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

Colonialism and the Object: Empire, Material Culture and the Museum

by Tim Barringer
     
 

The post-colonial world has seen a major re-evaluation, theoretical as well as political of the institutions and ideologies of colonialism. These innovative theoretical analyses have opened up new approaches to how we should display colonial objects in a post-colonial

world.

Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and

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Overview

The post-colonial world has seen a major re-evaluation, theoretical as well as political of the institutions and ideologies of colonialism. These innovative theoretical analyses have opened up new approaches to how we should display colonial objects in a post-colonial

world.

Drawing together an international group of scholars from a variety of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, Colonialism and the Object includes intensive case studies of objects from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, China and Africa, all of which were collected by

or exhibited in the institutions of the British Empire. Other chapters address issues of racial identity across cultural barriers, and the hybrid styles of objects which can emerge when cultures meet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415157759
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/16/1998
Series:
Museum Meanings Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
1Introduction1
2The South Kensington Museum and the colonial project11
3Chinese material culture and British perceptions of China in the mid-nineteenth century28
4China in Britain: The imperial collections41
5Colonial architecture, international exhibitions and official patronage of the Indian artisan: The case of a gateway from Gwalior in the Victoria and Albert Museum52
6Stylistic hybridity and colonial art and design education: A wooden carved screen by Ram Singh68
7Race, authenticity and colonialism: A 'mustice' silversmith in Philadelphia and St Croix, 1783-185082
8Domesticating Uzbeks: Central Asians in Soviet decorative art of the twenties and thirties95
9Keys to the magic kingdom: The new transcultural collections of Bradford Art Galleries and Museums111
10Perspectives on Henemihi: a Maori meeting house129
11Maori vision and the imperialist gaze144
12Gathering souls and objects: Missionary collections153
13Photography at the heart of darkness: Herbert Lang's Congo photographs (1909-15)167
14Taming the tusk: The revival of chryselephantine sculpture in Belgium during the 1890s188
Bibliography205
Index217

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