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Enigmatic Objects: Notes Towards a History of the Museum in the Philippines

Enigmatic Objects: Notes Towards a History of the Museum in the Philippines

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By Resil Mojares (Author)

In Enigmatic Objects, Resil B. Mojares traces from colonial history the beginnings of museums in the Philippines-from the gabinetes and museos of Spanish colonical-era educational institutions and the private collections of ilustrados, to the first attempts at institutionalizing public libraries and museums in the early period of American rule. Through vignettes that take off from such eccentric and eclectic items as the earliest
extant portrait of a Filipino skulls of bandits measured to explain the phrenology of crime the fabled pestle of an indigenous hero, and teapots made of coconuts, the book itself becomes a cabinet of curiosities where the act of collecting and displaying intertwines with narrating a nascent Filipino nation. 

About the Author

Author of prize-winning books, Resil Mojares İs professor emeritus at the University of San Carlos in Cebu. In 2018, he was named National Artist for Literature.

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  • Cover: Paperback
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  • ISBN: 9786214482658
  • Weight: 23 oz
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.28 inches
  • Publisher: Ateneo De Manila University Press
  • Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 435
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