Ethnographic collection on display at Birke Art Gallery


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, with the assistance of the College of Arts and Media, is showcasing its ethnographic collection at the Birke Art Gallery in Smith Hall.

An open reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the gallery. The exhibit will continue through Friday, Dec. 4.

The Marshall University ethnographic collection includes more than 450 objects from all over the world, from the barren tundra of the Arctic Circle to the hot sands of the Kalahari desert of southern Africa, and from the coral atolls of the Pacific to the rain forests of the Amazon.  The artifacts include everything from toys to weapons, and from ritual and sacred pieces to items of daily wear.

The collection dates from 1997 when the Sunrise Museum, in Charleston, West Virginia, offered Marshall a portion of its ethnographic inventory, prior to its move into the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. More artifacts have been added by private donors since.

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Photos: One of the items on display is Budai (Tibet).

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