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Fighting Fibres

Pacific Presences 2

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ISBN/EAN: 9789088905667
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 202 S., 113 farbige Illustr.
Format (T/L/B): 1.8 x 25.7 x 18.2 cm
Auflage: 1. Auflage 2018
Einband: gebundenes Buch


This book brings together artists, curators, researchers and conservators to consider the significance of coconut fibre armour from the islands of Kiribati. Taking as its focus the armour found in museum collections, it investigates the historical context that led to these unique artefacts leaving the Pacific and entering the orbit of British collectors and institutions, as well the legacies of those practices in the present. As well as exploring the historical milieux surrounding its collection, the book includes essays from expert conservators that discuss the challenges of caring for coconut fibre armour. Other contributions include case studies focusing on the construction and variety of the armour and helmets, and the findings of a comprehensive survey which has tracked down and documented every piece of Kiribati armour held in UK museum collections. Finally, the book considers the significance of coconut fibre armour in the present, with particular reference to the work of a group of I-Kiribati artists whose creativity and innovative research has led to the production of a contemporary suit of armour inspired by the armour of the past. Contents List of figures Biographies Preface Introduction 1. Introduction: Fighting Fibres Julie Adams 2. Adventures in Collecting: A Survey of Coconut Fibre Armour in UK Museums Polly Bence 3. Te Tanga: Contextualising the Kiribati Cuirass Alison Clark 4. Protection, Status or Intimidation? A Typology of Kiribati Helmets in UK Collections Polly Bence 5. 'Bob, a native of Tarawa, Kingsmill Group, Aged 18' Alison Clark 6. Conserving Kiribati Armour Rachel Howie 7. Weapons from Kiribati Alison Clark and Rhian Ward 8. The Fibres That Connect Us: An Interview 9. Collector Biographies Kate Adams, Polly Bence, Alison Clark and Geoff Rubenstein 10. Catalogue Endnotes Bibliography Acknowledgements


Julie Adams is Curator of the Oceania collections at The British Museum. For the last decade she has curated, researched and written on the histories of Pacific collections in European museums. From 2011-2015, she was Senior Research Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and was editor of Artefacts of Encounter: Cook's Voyages, Colonial Collecting and Museum Histories published by Otago University Press in 2016.

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