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Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG)
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FHYA selection from Maritz Series

[Source - Chloe Rushovich for FHYA using materials provided by Nessa Leibhammer, 2018: The core of what would become the Maritz Collection at JAG was assembled by Jonathan Lowen in London. This was then purchased by Nicholas Maritz who added further items to it before selling the collection, which he classified as ‘Northern Nguni’, to the JAG in 2013. The Maritz Collection is housed within Traditional Collections in JAG. The FHYA selection of the items within the Maritz Collection was made by Nessa Leibhammer, who curated the Traditional Collections from 1994 to 1996, and then again from 2005 to 2013. This selection contains 62 items, and their associated material, which Leibhammer identified as probably dating to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and as coming from the FHYA target area of KwaZulu-Natal and immediately adjacent regions. Leibhammer further selected items within these criteria for which images were readily available.]

FHYA selection of associated institutional material at JAG

[Source - Carolyn Hamilton for FHYA, 2019: Contains a selection of institutional material held at JAG, some whole records and in other instances, compilations of parts of records that were digitised because of their relevance to the associated objects selected by the FHYA. In this section you will either find the complete record - or as complete a version as the FHYA were able to at the time. Where the record appears alongside the selected objects in the series above, a link will have been made from there to the complete record in this series, via the Associated materials field.]

JAG Archives: Traditional Collection: Brenthurst Collection: From Lowen Collection: 11/1A VOL 1 10/58; 11/1A VOL 2: Art & Ambiguity. Vol 1: Correspondence Reports 10/58

[Source - Nessa Leibhammer for FHYA, 2017, using JAG materials: The box file contains two soft cardboard files of general correspondence relating to the negotiations around the assembly of what is now known as the Brenthurst Collection by Jonathan Lowen - its valuation, acquisition and the possibilities of a publication. The two files contained inside are labelled: 11/1a Vol. 1, Brenthurst Collection (for Lowen Collection) – correspondence – reports and 10/58 Art and Ambiguity; 11/1a Vol. 2, Brenthurst Collection (from Lowen Collection).]

JAG Archives: Traditional Collection: Horstmann Collection: 14/6B Vol 1: Brodie Collection 14/6C Vol 1

[Source - Nessa Leibhammer for FHYA, 2017, using JAG materials: Box File 6 contains a few pictures of objects and photocopies of pages from publications and articles on southern African traditional objects; pages from Sothebys auction catalogue; correspondence from collector Jurgen Witt, from whom some of the Horstmann objects were originally collected, to Rochelle Keene, then director of the JAG; correspondence between R. Keene and John Mack of the British Museum; Di Levy’s (then the curator of the Traditional S.A. collections at JAG) notes on objects for purchase from Horstmann; notes from Horstmann with information on objects offered for sale.]

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