Sonabai Rajwar: The museum effect

Generally speaking, early ethnographic museum practices in Europe, later transferred to the colonies, were marked by a variety of overlapping grand narratives, such as the hierarchisation of cultures in evolutionary mode; racio‑geographical configurations and material culture; climate and cultural development; the ergology and technology of so‑called primitive peoples; the accumulation and classification of encyclopedic knowledge about the natural history of the colonial world, as well as the range of artistic productions and aesthetic criteria. 

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