Religious Objects in Museums

Religious Objects in Museums

Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.

Author: Crispin Paine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000181586

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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In the past, museums often changed the meaning of icons or statues of deities from sacred to aesthetic, or used them to declare the superiority of Western society, or simply as cultural and historical evidence. The last generation has seen faith groups demanding to control 'their' objects, and curators recognising that objects can only be understood within their original religious context. In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the role religion plays in museums, with major exhibitions highlighting the religious as well as the historical nature of objects.Using examples from all over the world, Religious Objects in Museums is the first book to examine how religious objects are transformed when they enter the museum, and how they affect curators and visitors. It examines the full range of meanings that religious objects may bear - as scientific specimen, sacred icon, work of art, or historical record. Showing how objects may be used to argue a point, tell a story or promote a cause, may be worshipped, ignored, or seen as dangerous or unlucky, this highly accessible book is an essential introduction to the subject.
Categories: Social Science

Religion in Museums

Religion in Museums

Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation.

Author: Gretchen Buggeln

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474255530

Category: Religion

Page: 296

View: 147

Bringing together scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia, this pioneering volume provides a global survey of how museums address religion and charts a course for future research and interpretation. Contributors from a variety of disciplines and institutions explore the work of museums from many perspectives, including cultural studies, religious studies, and visual and material culture. Most museums throughout the world – whether art, archaeology, anthropology or history museums – include religious objects, and an increasing number are beginning to address religion as a major category of human identity. With rising museum attendance and the increasingly complex role of religion in social and geopolitical realities, this work of stewardship and interpretation is urgent and important. Religion in Museums is divided into six sections: museum buildings, reception, objects, collecting and research, interpretation of objects and exhibitions, and the representation of religion in different types of museums. Topics covered include repatriation, conservation, architectural design, exhibition, heritage, missionary collections, curation, collections and display, and the visitor's experience. Case studies provide comprehensive coverage and range from museums devoted specifically to the diversity of religious traditions, such as the State Museum of the History of Religion in St Petersburg, to exhibitions centered on religion at secular museums, such as Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, at the British Museum.
Categories: Religion

Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces

Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces

Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions.

Author: Bruce M. Sullivan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472590831

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 733

We have long recognized that many objects in museums were originally on display in temples, shrines, or monasteries, and were religiously significant to the communities that created and used them. How, though, are such objects to be understood, described, exhibited, and handled now that they are in museums? Are they still sacred objects, or formerly sacred objects that are now art objects, or are they simultaneously objects of religious and artistic significance, depending on who is viewing the object? These objects not only raise questions about their own identities, but also about the ways we understand the religious traditions in which these objects were created and which they represent in museums today. Bringing together religious studies scholars and museum curators, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is the first volume to focus on Asian religions in relation to these questions. The contributors analyze an array of issues related to the exhibition in museums of objects of religious significance from Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions. The "lives†? of objects are considered, along with the categories of "sacred†? and "profane†?, "religious†? and "secular†?. As interest in material manifestations of religious ideas and practices continues to grow, Sacred Objects in Secular Spaces is a much-needed contribution to religious and Asian studies, anthropology of religion and museums studies.
Categories: Religion

Godly Things

Godly Things

This book will be essential reading for all who work in museums as curators, conservators, or exhibition designers; it will be equally important for students of religion, art history, and cultural>

Author: Crispin Paine

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0718501535

Category: Art

Page: 235

View: 826

Although museums and art galleries are often compared in role and function to shrines and temples, religion itself has mostly been ignored in museums, even those displaying works originally created for purely religious purposes. In recent years, however, there has been increased interest in the study of spiritual values, particularly those of non-Western cultures. Fourteen contributors from museums and universities worldwide look at the themes and artifacts of religion and examine how museums handle and present this subject, which although often difficult to grasp has pervaded every human society. The first three chapters examine, from different perspectives, the principal religious themes and rituals. Then, a series of chapters looks at how religions-from Methodism to Voodou-have been presented in museums, from Belfast to Taiwan. This book will be essential reading for all who work in museums as curators, conservators, or exhibition designers; it will be equally important for students of religion, art history, and cultural>
Categories: Art

Museums of World Religions

Museums of World Religions

This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions.

Author: Charles Orzech

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350016262

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 416

Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles D. Orzech compares five purpose-built museums of world religions and their online extensions. Inspired by the 19th and 20th century discipline of comparative religion, these museums seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. From locations in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), to North America (Quebec) to Asia (Taipei), each museum advances a particular cultural history. This book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, Museums of World Religions questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author critiques these museums and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.
Categories: Social Science

Museums of World Religions

Museums of World Religions

These museums are located in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), North America (Quebec) and Asia (Taipei) and, inspired by the 19th and 20th-century discipline of comparative religions, museums now seek to promote religious ...

Author: Charles D. Orzech

Publisher:

ISBN: 1350016276

Category: Museums

Page:

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Critically examining the notion of 'world religions', Charles Orzech examines and compares five purpose-built museums of world religions, as well as a number of online sites structured according to the category. These museums are located in Europe (Marburg, Glasgow and St Petersburg), North America (Quebec) and Asia (Taipei) and, inspired by the 19th and 20th-century discipline of comparative religions, museums now seek to promote religious tolerance by representing religious diversity and by arguing for underlying kinship among religions. 0Each museum advances a particular cultural history, and this book shows how the curation of the objects they contain shapes public perceptions of religion, giving material form to the discourses about religion and world religions. Raising important questions about religion and secularity, museum displays and religious piety, World Religions Museums questions the ideology that informs these museums. Building on recent anthropological work on the agency of religious objects, the author both critiques and suggests new approaches to displaying the matter of religion.
Categories: Museums

Understanding Sacred

Understanding Sacred

Author: Ashley Anderson Kircher

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:232611169

Category:

Page: 190

View: 538

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Report of the National Museum

Report of the National Museum

Many museums contain objects which would find place in a collection of religions
. These are usually installed in ethnological exhibits , and more frequently still are
shown as objects of art . In a few museums religious art is treated as a distinct ...

Author: United States National Museum

Publisher:

ISBN: UCD:31175002567868

Category: Science

Page:

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Categories: Science

Museums of the World

Museums of the World

Komotini , Rhodope Religious Art Museum Icons ; gold embroidery :
woodcarvings ; post - Byzantine pottery : silver ... Art Museum Icons ; religious
objects ; manuscripts ; vestments Kos 06159 Archaeological Museum Eleutherias
Sq , Kos ...

Author: Judy Benson

Publisher: München : K.G. Saur

ISBN: UOM:39015010459116

Category: Lettering

Page: 623

View: 425

Categories: Lettering

Museums of the World

Museums of the World

Author: Michael Zils

Publisher: München [Germany] : K.G. Saur

ISBN: UOM:39015050013740

Category: Museums

Page: 817

View: 767

"This guide should greatly assist public and academic librarians and their users." JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP "Museums of the World is an essential tool." -AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL Completely updated with data supplied by museum administrators and staff, Museums of the World provides valuable information and insight on some 39,000 museums worldwide. Organized by country and city within individual nations, each detailed museum profile includes address...e-mail addresses...websites...telephone and fax numbers...description of holdings and facilities...director's name...and more. This indispensable resource also includes three indexes - Names Index for Museums, Name Index for Persons, and Subject Index - to make research easier. The particularly useful Subject Index offers cross-referenced headings for such diverse areas as Aeronautics, Arms and Armor, Graphic Arts, Indian Artifacts, Jewelry, Painted and Stained Glass, and Railroads. from K. G. Saur.
Categories: Museums

Collections of Objects of Religious Ceremonial in the United States National Museum Classic Reprint

Collections of Objects of Religious Ceremonial in the United States National Museum  Classic Reprint

As it were. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

Author: Immanuel Moses Casanowicz

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 0267478259

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

View: 850

Excerpt from Collections of Objects of Religious Ceremonial in the United States National Museum The Board Of Regents Of the Smithsonian Institution in 1847 laid out a comprehensive program in all the departments Of human knowl edge and endeavor capable Of representation by collections. They included in the ethnological section religions as one of the subjects suitable for museum collections. During the course Of years Objects pertaining to religious cults formed a considerable part Of the series. In exhibiting its material the Museum adopted the plan Of treating special subjects independently Of areas or national limitations in order to show the history Of given ideas. In 1890 the question was taken up Of the possibility Of applying such treatment to religion, a subject important in the history Of humanity. There was doubt, however, in the minds Of many as to whether the abstract ideas which group themselves about the word religion could be adequately or even fairly portrayed through ceremonial Objects, numerous as they might be. Two members Of the staff were instructed, while abroad, to examine into this subject, with the result that, in 1891, it was decided to secure Objects Of religious ceremony with the view primarily to exhibit them at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and ultimately with the intention Of bringing them together for installation in the United States National Museum. At that time the tendency Of museums abroad, and somewhat among the students of the history Of religions generally, was to deal only with the religious practices and ideas Of the barbarous nations, and to treat but sparingly those of the more civilized and cultivated nations Of the earth. It was determined, in taking up the subject here, to adopt a course contrary to that hitherto followed, and to endeavor, from the educational point Of view, to interest the people in the history Of religion by leading them to the unknown. As it were. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Categories: Social Science

JULIO GONZALEZ

JULIO GONZALEZ

Published to coincide with an exhibition held at the Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Bad Homburg.

Author: Julio González

Publisher: Kerber Verlag

ISBN: UOM:39015048312618

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 823

Published to coincide with an exhibition held at the Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Bad Homburg.
Categories: Art

Zuni and El Morro

Zuni and El Morro

An Explanation : Request for the Return of Zuni Religious Objects Held in
Museums and Private Collections D Other titles on the National Parks of the
Southwest : EDIT Class — These items are communally owned by the tribe and
have been ...

Author: David Grant Noble

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015048578895

Category: Social Science

Page: 32

View: 960

Traveling the back roads of the southwestern United States, a driver will cross several Native American reservations. One with a long and rich past and a living history is the Pueblo of Zuni in western New Mexico. At one time, the Zuni people and their predecessors enjoyed a huge tract of land known as Cibola. Zuni borders included such sites as El Morro, Hawikuh, and the Village of the Great Kivas, linked to Chaco Canyon by prehistoric roads. In addition to the story of great archaeological studies, Zuni and El Morro includes chapters on Zuni tribal history, philosophy, and religion. Articles by well-known historians and archaeologists reconstruct for the reader the history and prehistory of the Zuni and their land.
Categories: Social Science

Museums of the World

Museums of the World

Author: Bettina Bartz

Publisher: München ; New York : K.G. Saur

ISBN: 3598205333

Category: Museums

Page: 642

View: 955

Categories: Museums

Museum

Museum

She was also connected with a movement interested in creating modern designs
for sacred images , vestments and other religious objects . Maria José de
Mendonça was president of the Portuguese National ICOM Committee and was
known ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951P00244316U

Category: Museums

Page:

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Categories: Museums

Conservation of Living Religious Heritage

Conservation of Living Religious Heritage

were abandoned and converted into storage depots or , infrequently , museums .
... how to deal with situations when sacred places or objects are deconsecrated
and structures become museums and sacred objects enter museum collections .

Author: Herb Stovel

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105121439512

Category: Architecture

Page: 113

View: 981

Categories: Architecture

Tribally Operated Museums

Tribally Operated Museums

The sacred objects were left until those who were traditionally designated were
able to pick them up . 25 Historically , museums have failed to acknowledge the
importance of sacred objects to traditional life , and most still do not recognize a ...

Author: Linda Ellen Oxendine

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951D00973697E

Category: Ethnological museums and collections

Page: 380

View: 984

Categories: Ethnological museums and collections

The Imperial Museums of Meiji Japan

The Imperial Museums of Meiji Japan

in the Western museum , it is significant to stress here that the transfer of religious
objects from temple to museum , even within the same culture , has been no less
dramatic or unnatural . This chapter explores the role of architecture in ...

Author: Alice Yu-Ting Tseng

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39076002786304

Category: Architecture

Page: 285

View: 286

The story of the art and architecture of Japan's Imperial Museums, emphasizing design and construction influences from Europe and the United States
Categories: Architecture

Sacred Objects and Sacred Places

Sacred Objects and Sacred Places

to clarify congressional intent regarding the return of cultural materials , as
distinct from burial goods and sacred ... 25 By returning the vest and dress , the
Museum of Western Colorado received new beaded items as a gift from the tribal
 ...

Author: Andrew Gulliford

Publisher:

ISBN: 0870815792

Category: History

Page: 285

View: 996

Sacred Objects, Sacred Places combines native oral histories, photographs, drawings, and case studies to present current issues of cultural preservation vital to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Complete with commentaries by native peoples, non-native curators, and archaeologists, this book discusses the repatriation of human remains, the curation and exhibition of sacred masks and medicine bundles, and key cultural compromises for preservation successes in protecting sacred places on private, state, and federal lands. The author traveled thousands of miles over a ten-year period to meet and interview tribal elders, visit sacred places, and discuss the power of sacred objects in order to present the essential debates surrounding tribal historic preservation. Without revealing the exact locations of sacred places (unless tribes have gone public with their cultural concerns), Gulliford discusses the cultural significance of tribal sacred sites and the ways in which they are being preserved. Some of the case studies included are the Wyoming Medicine Wheel, Devil's Tower National Monument, Mount Shasta in California, Mount Graham in Arizona, and the Sweet Grass Hills in Montana. Federal laws are reviewed in the context of tribal preservation programs, and tribal elders discuss specific cases of repatriation. Though the book describes numerous tribal tragedies and offers examples of cultural theft, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places affirms living traditions. It reveals how the resolution of these controversies in favor of native people will ensure their cultural continuity in a changing and increasingly complex world. The issues of returning human remains, curating sacred objects, and preserving tribal traditions are addressed to provide the reader with a full picture of Native Americans' struggles to keep their heritage alive.
Categories: History