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Author Achim, Miruna, author

Title From idols to antiquity : forging the National Museum of Mexico / Miruna Achim
Published Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 327 pages) : illustrations
Series Mexican experience series
Mexican experience.
Contents Genealogies -- Measures of worth -- Collecting the ruins of Palenque -- Modes of display -- José Fernando Ramírez, keeper of the archive -- Whose museum?
Summary "From Idols to Antiquity explores the origins and tumultuous development of the National Museum of Mexico and the complicated histories of Mexican antiquities during the first half of the nineteenth century. Following independence from Spain, the National Museum of Mexico was founded in 1825 by presidential decree. Nationhood meant cultural as well as political independence, and the museum was expected to become a repository of national objects whose stories would provide the nation with an identity and teach its people to become citizens. Miruna Achim reconstructs the early years of the museum as an emerging object shaped by the logic and goals of historical actors who soon found themselves debating the origin of American civilizations, the nature of the American races, and the rightful ownership of antiquities. Achim also brings to life an array of fascinating characters--antiquarians, naturalists, artists, commercial agents, bureaucrats, diplomats, priests, customs officers, local guides, and academics on both sides of the Atlantic--who make visible the rifts and tensions intrinsic to the making of the Mexican nation and its cultural politics in the country's postcolonial era."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-310) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Historia y Etnografía (Mexico) -- History
SUBJECT Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Historia y Etnografía (Mexico) fast
Subject HISTORY -- Latin America -- Mexico.
Antiquities -- Collection and preservation
SUBJECT Mexico -- Antiquities -- Collection and preservation
Subject Mexico
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781496203953