Collecting curiosities: Eighteenth-century Museum Stobaeanum and the development of ethnographic collections in the nineteenth century

Magdalena Naum (Editor), Gitte Ingvardson (Editor)

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Abstract

In 1735, professor Kilian Stobaeus donated his collections to Lund University laying the foundation for the university’s first museum. The ”Museum Stobaeanum” contained over 3000 natural history, historical and ethnographic objects typical of the cabinets of curiosity. This richly illustrated book is the first comprehensive history of these collections.

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
PublisherLund University
Number of pages217
ISBN (Electronic)978-91-7267-426-4
ISBN (Print)978-91-7267-425-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History and Archaeology
  • Ethnology

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