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Author Egloff, Brian, 1940-

Title Bones of the ancestors : the Ambum Stone : from the New Guinea highlands to the antiquities market to Australia / Brian Egloff.

Published Lanham, Md. : AltaMira Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  995.63 EGLO    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 278 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-245) and index.
Contents 1. From Samting Bilong Tumbuna to Treasure -- 2. Contested Landscapes and Mindscapes -- 3. Emotions and Responses -- 4. Laws, Museums, and Galleries -- 5. Romancing the Stone -- 6. Fitting the Pieces Together -- 7. Had Enough Romance? -- Personalities and Agents.
Summary "The 3,500-year-old Ambum Stone from Papua New Guinea is the focus of several archaeological stories. The stone itself is an interesting artifact, an important piece of art history that tells us something about the ancient Papuans. The stone is also at the center of controversies over the provenance and ownership of ancient artifacts, as it was excavated on the island of New Guinea, transferred out of the country, and sold on the antiquities market. In telling the story of the Ambum Stone, Brian Egloff raises questions about what can be learned from ancient works of art, about cultural property and the ownership of the past, about the complex and at times shadowy world of art dealers and collectors, and about the role ancient artifacts can play in forming the identities of modern peoples."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Enga (Papua New Guinean people) -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
Ambum Stone.
Enga (Papua New Guinean people) -- Claims.
Enga (Papua New Guinean people) -- Ethnic identity.
Figurines, Prehistoric -- Social aspects -- Case studies.
Cultural property -- Protection -- Social aspects -- Case studies.
Cultural property -- Protection -- Political aspects -- Case studies.
Art dealers -- Case studies.
Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Case studies.
Papua New Guinea -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation.
ISBN 9780759111592 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
0759111596 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
9780759111608 (paperback: acid-free paper)
075911160X (paperback: acid-free paper)