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The perils of ethnographic provenance; the documentation of the Johnson Fiji collection in the South Australian Museum

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Ewins, R, The perils of ethnographic provenance; the documentation of the Johnson Fiji collection in the South Australian Museum, Hunting the collectors: Pacific collections in Australian museums, art galleries and archives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cochrane, Susan & Quanchi, Max (ed), Newcastle, pp. 33-68. ISBN 1-84718-084-1 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]


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Copyright 2007 Rod Ewins

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Abstract

This essay addresses the vexed questions of provenance and authenticity of objects that have been collected and made accessible for study. And calls for all exploration of the way in which these have often been uncritically accepted solely on the basis of notes and comments made by the original collectors. The difficulty is that the authority with which collectors were able to speak varied enormously, and even when the collectors obtained objects personally from the original owners, it cannot be assumed that they understood clearly the names, purposes or provenance of the objects they obtained.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:provenance, authenticity, artifacts, ethnography, museum
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art Theory and Criticism
Research Field:Visual Cultures
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Author:Ewins, R (Associate Professor Rod Ewins)
ID Code:74691
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Art (Hobart)
Deposited On:2011-12-12
Last Modified:2012-10-17
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