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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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