One example is this Zuni Native American amulet carved from stone. It resembles an animal and could possibly be a hunting or war amulet.
Zuni stone amulet, 1985.52.875 © Pitt Rivers Museum
|Necklace, 1985.52.330 .1- .2 © Pitt Rivers Museum|
Another example is this necklace with a silver relic box and hands of Fatima (hamsas) attached to it, which was once owned by the French actress Marie Leonide Charvin (1832-1891). Charvin was a successful theatre actress under the stage name of 'Madame Agar'. However, she was blacklisted in Paris after performing in a benefit concert organized by the revolutionary and anarchic Paris Commune in 1871. Hamsa amulets like this were common across North Africa and indeed, Mme Agar died in Algeria where her second husband Georges Marye was the curator of the Museum of Antiquities in Algiers.
|Portraits of 'Mademoiselle Agar' a theatrical roles|
© Paul Dube and Jacques Marchioro 2001-2012
|Eugene Boban (Wikimedia Commons)|
Some of the other owners or field collectors mentioned include Eugène Boban (1834–1908), a French antiquarian and dealer who collected Mexican objects, and Paul Maurice Pallary (1869–1942), a French-Algerian zoologist who collected objects from Algeria.
Finding out the stories surrounding the people linked to these objects adds more to the seemingly never-ending layers of interest in this collection!