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Jewish family, Bukhara, Uzbekistan. [Orig. title 'Nr. 1581. Le kokhandais a gros goitre'.]
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At the end of the 19th century visual technologies and methods became central as athropologists sought to record, map and classify native peoples. If physical characteristics were the focus of early scientific attention (racial types), visible manifestations of culture (clothing, ritual, material objects) were increasingly the focus of attention during the late 1880s and 1890s. The camera became a critical ethnographic tool. It promised to deliver greater objectivity and standardisation to the data supplied by untrained amateurs in the field.

History of the Object
Added th the actual holdings in 1896 were about 350 photographs of crafts, costumes and architecture in 'Central Asia, Caucasia and Persia' taken by F. Ordén, the first such gift to the collection. These supplemented some 500 commercial photographs and other images bought by Franz Heger (1853-1931), since 1884 the head of the Anthropologic and Ethnographic Department at the Museum of Natural History, and Josef Troll (1844-1919), a scion of Vienna's affluent élite.

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Type
Photograph 
Materials
Albumen print, pasted on new card. 
Measurements
Width 116 cm. Length 168 cm.  
Creator name
F. Ordén 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Uzbekistan; Bukhara 
Geography
Uzbekistan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1880 - 1890 
Function
 
Acquisition
Aquired by the museum in 1896. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz. Introduction: Visualizing Anthropology. In: Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz (eds.). Visualizing Anthropology. Bristol 2005, pp. 1-16. 
Owner
State Property, Republic of Austria. 
Museum
Weltmuseum Wien 
Credit line
 

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