Collecting curiosities : Eighteenth-century Museum Stobaeanum and the development of ethnographic collections in the nineteenth century
- Magdalena Naum
- Gitte Ingvardson
Summary, in English
Eighteen chapters, written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars, explore Stobaeus as a researcher and collector; the concept, organization and development of the museum through time; as well as the culture of collecting, including its scientific and symbolic meaning. The authors also investigate specific examples of museum objects: fossils, plants enclosed in a herbarium, a crocodile, seashells and insects, North American artefacts, an Egyptian mummy, coins and medals, the skull of Descartes, Guyana war clubs and ethnographic objects from the South Pacific.
The book contributes to a better understanding of Stobaeus and his peers in their pursuit of knowledge through collecting as well as the complex processes that enabled early modern museums. On a broader level, it illuminates the global connections and intellectual environment of eighteenth-century Lund and Sweden.
- History and Archaeology
- Beyond Curiosity and Wonder: Understanding the Museum Stobaeanum
- ISBN: 978-91-7267-426-4
- ISBN: 978-91-7267-425-7