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Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology


Cambridge University's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers a feast of images and ideas. Come and see world-class collections of Oceanic, Asian, African and native American art - canoes, sculptures, masks, and textiles - and major archaeological discoveries, ranging from the earliest stone tools, discovered by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge, to British finds from Roman and medieval periods. Recent exhibitions include Arctic Passages, an exploration of the Wordie Arctic Expeditions of 1934 and 1937, and The Expiation of Guilt, by provocative Australian artist Gordon Bennett.

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

Gifts & Discoveries

Gifts and Discoveries



Fully illustrated colour guide to permanent collections of Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.
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Chiefs & Governors: Art & Power in Fiji Exhibition Catalogue



Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji is the first major exhibition dedicated to Fijian art in the UK. Inspired by MAA's outstanding Fijian collections, it explores the early colonial history of Fiji, the foundation of the Museum, and the dynamism and creativity of Fijian art and culture. Co-authored by Curators Anita Herle and Lucy Carreau, it includes specialist contributions by Fergus Clunie, Jocelyne Dudding, Steven Hooper, Katrina Igglesden, Karen Jacobs, Stéphanie Leclerc-Caffarel, Andy Mills and Barbara Wills. 136 pages with 189 illustrations.

Chiefs & Governors is one of the outcomes of the Fijian Art Research Project (2001 -2014) generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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Assembling Bodies

Assembling Bodies: Art, Science & Imagination



Catalogue accompanying major exhibition at the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (March 2009 - November 2010) by Anita Herle, Mark Elliott and Rebecca Empson.

ISBN No. 978-0-947595-18-0
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Pasifika Styles

Pasifika Styles: Artists Inside the Museum



Publication following major exhibition in the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (May 2006 - February 2008) edited by Rosanna Raymond and Amiria Salmond.

ISBN No. 978-1-877372-60-5 (Otago University Press)
ISBN No. 978-0-947595-17-3 (CUMAA)
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Buddhas Word

Buddha's Word Exhibition Catalogue



"Buddha's Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond" is Cambridge's first museum exhibition of tibetan art and artefacts, showcasing unique items from the collections of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Cambridge University Library. This catalogue to accompany the exhibition is the most complete publication to date of MAA's Tibetan and Buddhist collections, including artefacts and research published for the first time.

Specialist articles by leading international researchers draw on cutting edge research to explore the complex materialities and social efficacy of sacred books - as supports for Buddha's words and relics with their own potency and agency, and as travelling texts that have undergone and enacted dramatic transformations in their journeys across Asia: from manuscript to printing and from palm leaves to digital dharma.

"Buddha's Word" is co-authored by curators Hildegard Diemberger, Mark Elliott and Michela clemente, with contributions by Alessandro Boesi, James Canary, Daniele Cuneo, Camillo Formigatti, Imre Galambos, Agniezska Helman-Wasny, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Craig Jamieson, Peter Kornicki, Filippo Lunardo, Sukit Sivasundaram, Anuradha Pallipurath, Karma Phuntsho, Paola Ricciardi, Alex Ruiz-Falques and Tomasz Wasny.

156 Pages with 181 illustrations.

Buddha's Word, a collaboration between the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit of the University of Cambridge, is generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the frederick Williamson Memorial Fund, with support from University of Cambridge Museums and Arts Council England.
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Power of Paper

Power of Paper Exhibition Catalogue



The artworks of black and indigenous peoples - a missing chapter in the history of modern art - are brought into sharp focus in The Power of Paper, an exhibition focusing on artworks made in Australia, Canada and South Africa during an epoch of decolonisation.

It exhibits for the first time in the UK some of the earliest prints made by local and native artists onwards, as the end of empire informed works reflecting attachments to land an belief, as well as the struggles with violence, dislocation and contemporary city life.

Exhibition catalogue: 40pp, 34 full-colour images
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Hide & Seek

Hide & Seek: Looking for Children in the Past



Find glimpses of children lives in East Anglia and across England from 1 million years ago to the 20th century. Children outnumbered adults for most of human history, yet they rarely appear in the stories that museums tell. This exhibition, the first on the topic, aims to redress the balance.

Some objects on display will be familiar: a doll, a sledge, a baby’s feeding bottle. Other artefacts won’t look like children’s objects: pots with small fingerprints, a tiny handaxe made 400 000 years ago, goldwork as fine as a human hair. By looking carefully at all of this evidence, we will discover children’s lives and the part they played in society. Written by Jody Joy, Imogen Gunn, Sarah-Jane Harknett & Eleanor Wilkinson.

Exhibition catalogue: 62 pp
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Another India

Another India: Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia



Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund.
Focusing on communities known variously as Indigenous, ‘Tribal’ or Adivasi (literally ‘original inhabitants), the exhibition will showcase extraordinary and fascinating objects, many of which tell equally intriguing stories. From the Nagas and other peoples in the hills of Northeast India to the Gonds, Todas and Chenchus of the South and the Santhals and Bhils in the East and West of the country, the displays will present strikingly diverse stories of India, collecting, colonialism and British involvement in the subcontinent. Written by Mark Elliott; Foreward by Nicholas Thomas; Afterward by Ruby Hembrom

Exhibition Catalogue: 136pp; Full Colour; ISBN 978-0-947595-24-1
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Artefacts of Encounter

Artefacts of Encounter: Cook S Voyages, Colonial Collection and Museums Histories



The Pacific artefacts and works of art collected during the three voyages of Captain James Cook are of foundational importance for the study of art and culture in Oceania. These collections are representative not only of technologies or belief systems but of indigenous cultures at the formative stages of their modern histories, and exemplify Islanders' institutions, cosmologies and social relationships.

Recently, scholars from the Pacific and further afield, working with Pacific artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) at University of Cambridge, set out to challenge and rethink some longstanding assumptions on their significance. The Cook voyage collection at the MAA is among the four or five most important in the world, containing over 200 of the 2,000-odd objects with Cook voyage provenance that are dispersed throughout the world. The collection includes some 100 artefacts dating from Cook's first voyage. This stunning book catalogues this collection, and its cutting-edge scholarship sheds new light on the significance of many artefacts of encounter.
348 pages; Full Colour; ISBN 978-0824859350
Editor: Thomas, Nicholas; Adams, Julie; Lythberg, Billie; Nuku, Maia; Salmond, Amiria
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