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Title: Contextualizing the Nontangible: The Research and Treatment of a Collection of African Medicine
Authors: Homberger, Elizabeth
Keywords: conservation
ethnographic
Africa
medicine
nontangible
Japanese mermaid
arsenic
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2008
Abstract: This paper discusses the research, assessment and stabilization of a collection of African medicine from the Buffalo Museum of Science. As examples of traditional African medicine with nontangible healing and protective properties, the objects represent the diverse medicinal practices of several African cultures and reflect early 20th century collectors' interests in the "exotic." To contextualize the treatment of the medicine, the treatment of a Japanese mermaid that had been accessioned with the African objects is also described. The overall aim of this project was to add to the understanding of issues in the conservation of objects with nontangible attributes through the research and treatment of the collection.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2081/10653
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