An extraordinary catalogue which introduces the Ethnological collections conserved in the Vatican Museums, presenting to a wide public, for the first time, works of every age, from prehistory to the contemporary age, and from every part of the world.
The catalogue, in addition to providing a comprehensive overview of the extraordinary heterogeneity of the ethnology collection, proposes to introduce the cultural richness of the extra-European civilizations, promoting the diversity as a new perspective of knowledge.
The first part is dedicated to indigenous collections, and each section exposes the most representative artifacts of every continent; the second part focuses on oriental collections, even these divided into sections indicating the area of origin. Both indigenous and oriental collections include a special section reserved for Christian art. Among the works, there are devotional objects, statues, prehistoric stones, masks and musical instruments, as well as the prestigious painted rocks of the Wandjina Song Cycle and Chinese painted paper scrolls.
This vast iconographic publication combines archive photographs and numerous colour images, evocative of habits and customs of different peoples and cultures, and celebratory also of the variety and beauty of the artifacts, true witnesses of "other" worlds, still little known.
Format: Soft Cover
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 inch
Illustrations: 360 b/w and color