From shells to ceramic: colonial replicas of indigenous valuables

Wronska-Friend, Maria (2015) From shells to ceramic: colonial replicas of indigenous valuables. Journal of Museum Ethnography, 28. pp. 50-69.

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Abstract

The paper investigates the social impact of colonial trade in ceramic replicas of indigenous shell and bone objects in the Aitape area (northern coast of Papua New Guinea). Produced between c.1890-1920 by A. Sachse of Gablonz (nowadays Jablonec in Czech Republic) and distributed in German New Guinea by traders, missionaries, government officials and even anthropologists, they became important colonial goods. Most common were ceramic replicas of shell disks and rings, dogs' teeth, pigs'tusks and nose pegs. In spite of their abundance in local villages, these objects are underrepresented in museums' collections. The research was conducted in villages in the Aitape area (Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea) and in the Sachse Archives at the Museum of Glass and Jewellery at Jablonec, The Czech Republic.

Item ID: 43497
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
Keywords: colonial trade New Guinea, Aitape area, Alfred Sachse, ceramic goods, shell rings
ISSN: 0954-7169
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2016 00:03
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210201 Archival, Repository and Related Studies @ 20%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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