JAIC 1992, Volume 31, Number 1, Article 2 (pp. 03 to 16)
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Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
JAIC 1992, Volume 31, Number 1, Article 2 (pp. 03 to 16)

THE EXHIBITION AND CONSERVATION OF AFRICAN OBJECTS: CONSIDERING THE NONTANGIBLE

STEPHEN P. MELLOR


ABSTRACT—This paper examines the use, function, and maintenance of particular objects with nontangible significance in some African cultures. Deductive observations about these objects allow possible conclusions to be drawn regarding: (1) an African perception of magic, sacred, and power; and (2) an African perception of culturally significant objects in and out of an indigenous context. The suggestion is stressed that it is the responsibility of the conservator to remain informed about an object's nontangible attributes and to treat African objects with cultural dignity.

Article Sections:

1. INTRODUCTION
2. THE AFRICAN VIEW OF NONTANGIBLE ATTRIBUTES
3. OBSERVATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
4. IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSERVATORS
5. CONCLUSION
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