Ethnologisches Museum (Dahlem) : Michelin's recommendations
The art rooms of the Prussian Kings already contained several objects from cultures outside Europe but the museum was only founded in 1873. Amongst the 400,000 objects preserved in this ethnographical museum, which is considered as one of the most important in the World, one should see the rich collection of Pre-Columbian American art. As well as steles, stone sculptures and objects from the Maya civilisation, the section contains significant sacred and secular statuary from the Aztecs. The pre-Inca period is represented here by fabrics with multicoloured patterns and by anthropomorphic ceramics from Peru. The Golden chamber contains magnificent jewels and carved cult objects dating from the 7th C BC to the 11th C AD. Amongst the objects collected at the end of the 18th C, partly thanks to the expeditions of James Cook, one should note the sculpted wood and painted masks from New Guinea, which are on display in the Oceania section. See also the King of Hawaii's ships and his magnificent cloak with ochre and red feathers. The objects from southeast Asia, from India and from Sri Lanka come in a variety of forms, including masks, puppets and figurines from Chinese shadow theatre. Indonesia is especially well represented by a collection of cult figures and textiles. The high point of the North and West African collection is the Berber jewellery and the terracotta busts of women and the bronzes from the ancient Kingdom of Benin. One should also see the wooden sculptures from Cameroon.
- Address : Lansstr. 8 D - 14195 Berlin14195Berlin
- Phone : 030266424242
- Website : http://www.smb.museum
- Prices : 6 €