Historiography, Media Library, Objects
VIDEO: Fragments of the Spanish Conquest from the Americas: Relics or Memorials? Curator Talk with Manuela Fischer & Bat-Ami Artzi
By means of two case studies closely related to the Spanish conquest of the America, Bat-ami Artzi and Manuela Fischer reflect on the value of the fragment as an aesthetic and scientific interpretative tool within the European tradition. They also consider the role of fragments as relics and memorials, and examine their relation to questions of identity in both an Andean and European context.
Field Notes, Objects, Plants, Practices, Spatial Orders
The Maize Plant in an Incaican Microcosmos
Bat-ami Artzi dicusses the forms, usage, and iconographic symbolism of Andean queros (drinking vessels) through the example of a quero from the holdings of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin.
Field Notes, Photographs, Plants
Cotton Plants as Far as the Eye Can See. Mitwero, Tanzania, 1908
Hanin Hannouch unpacks the hidden (hi)stories behind the black and white photograph Mitwero: Baumwolle (EN: Mitwero: cotton), part of the Robert Lohmeyer collection at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin.
Field Notes, Objects, Plants, Spatial Orders
La planta del maíz en un microcosmos incaico
Esta copa de madera llamada en quechua quero fue fabricada en el siglo XVI, poco después de la llegada de los españoles a la región andina. Los queros, tanto en el pasado como en el presente, sirven para consumir la chicha, la cerveza de maíz, en rituales andinos que incluyen dos entidades.
Field Notes, Objects, Plants, Practices
Sullu Sullu, an Abortifacient Plant at the Service of the Inca Empire
Human beings are rarely represented in the art produced in the heartland of the Inca Empire. However, in the collections of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin we find a remarkable exception: a ceramic jar from the Cusco region on which six women are depicted holding a tree branch with two flowers sprouts. Who are these women, and what was the nature of their relationship with the plant?