Donated, Found, Abandoned

Circumnavigations, archaeological excavations, fieldwork, scientific expeditions – the artefacts have come to the museum in various ways. They have passed through many hands: the original owners, ethnographers, explorers, military personnel, archaeologists, private collectors and anthropologists. Some of the artefacts have been purchased, others have been donated and some are recorded as having been taken as war loot.

The museum's artefacts have had a previous life. Many have been used in everyday life, others have had a function in ritual contexts. They have been taken from their context and placed in a new one. One part of the artefact's history is associated with the collector and the way in which it was collected. The artefact's significance, value and status is often connected to how, and thanks to whom, it ended up in the museum.