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Catherine Elliott

  • Catherine ElliottPhD Candidate
  • Region of Interest Africa
  • Research Interests The art of Southern Africa and more generally of Africa; museum collections; the history of collecting; ethnography; archive; provenance; biographies; international exhibitions; representation; colonialism; South African history; early photography; materiality; agency; the art market.
  • PhD Thesis 'Recovering the indigenous presence from the colonial archive: the South Africa collection at the British Museum’
  • Select Publications

    • 2013. Maker, Material and Method: Reinstating an Indigenously Made Chair from Nineteenth-Century KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, No. 7, (forthcoming with C. Cartwright and P. Kevin).

      2012. Lesotho Style [report on acquisition of African blankets], British Museum Magazine, No. 73.

      2011. Material Gains [report on acquisition of African textiles from the Bender collection], British Museum Magazine, No. 70.

      2010.  L’Afrique: Celebrating Maria Stein-Lessing and Leopold Spiegel and the Spiegel/Stein-Lessing Collection, Tribal Art Magazine, XV: 1/58, 64-65.

      2010. The Pitt Rivers Museum Revisited, Tribal Art Magazine, XIV: 3/56, 96-105.

      2009. Henry Christy's Ancient Mexican Treasures at the British Museum, Tribal Art Magazine, XIII: 3/52, 84-97.

      2008. The (Re)Verse of a Benin Bronze Plaque, Tribal Art Magazine XII: 4/49, 134-139.

      2008. A Magnificent Pentecost Island Mask [catalogue note], Sotheby’s, Important Art d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Paris 11 June 2008, lot 57.

      2007. A Pentecost Island Mask, Tribal Art Magazine, XI: 4/45, 134-137.

      2004. Discovered: a Supremely Rare and Important Yoruba Bowl by Olowe of Ise, Tribal Art Magazine, IX: 2/35, 120-123, (with S. Kloman).