Australia: The Vatican Museums Indigenous Collection

Australia: The Vatican Museums Indigenous Collection
Jan, 2018
Pages: 
400
Category: 
Anthropology and Archaeology
Arts
Cultural Studies
History
Product type: 
Book
Book format: 
Paperback
Dimensions: 
297x210mm
ISBN: 
9788882714116
Availability details: 
Available January 2018
Price: 
$40.00 RRP incl. GST

From the ancient Etruscans and Romans, to the Renaissance masters of Michelangelo and Raphael, the Vatican Museums represent an aspect of the history of humanity through art. The Indigenous Australian collection is a little known and an unexplored part of that story. Being amongst some of the earliest known documentations of Australian Indigenous cultures, the collection includes the earliest extant set of Pukumani poles from Melville and Bathurst Islands alongside more recent contributions of artworks and cultural objects, and presents materials that have not been exhibited before in Australia.

The responsibility to culturally reconnect relevant contemporary Indigenous communities to their material heritage held in the museum has been realised and is documented in this catalogue, which includes a catalogue of objects, and essays by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors. During the process of community visits and consultations, images of the objects brought old and young people together, instigating intergenerational dialogue about the past.

Now, in collaboration with communities, the Indigenous collection can be seen in this catalogue and is represented at the heart of the Vatican Museums where the objects have become cultural ambassadors inviting others to come and learn more about Australian Indigenous cultures.

Last reviewed: 18 Oct 2017