Academic thesis

Marieke Piepenburg: One Hundred and Three Dancing Hats - Conservation Concept for the Handling of a Complex of Dancing Hats and Tops of Plant Materials from the Bismarck Archipelago/Papua New Guinea Prepared for the Museum am Rothenbaum - Cultures and Arts of the World Back
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Abstract: This master´s thesis deals with the cataloguing of
a complex of 103 dancing hats and attachments
from the Bismarck Archipelago, the composition
and preservation of which are unknown, which
were brought to the former Völkerkundemuseum
Hamburg with the Hamburg South Sea Expedition
between 1908 and 1910. After the complex has
been indexed in terms of its composition, its
condition, the inventory information it contains,
and its classification in a historical and ethical
context, a plan of action will be drawn up to
prepare for relocation in the course of a depot
move of the complex. A concrete proposal for
the spatial implementation as well as an estimate
of the required working time are to offer the
most realistic planning possible for the
implementation in the museum. Particularly in
view of the increasing public attention with
regard to collections that originate from a
context of injustice due to colonial power
structures, this work can offer a basic guideline
for the conservation of large complexes from
colonial contexts.


  • academic institution: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Alexandra Jeberien
  • assistant Tutor:  Farideh Fekrsanati
  • date:  2021

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