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Objects as Envoys: Cloth, Imagery, and Diplomacy in Madagascar

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In 1886, Queen Ranavalona III of the African island nation of Madagascar offered U.S. President Grover Cleveland two striking handwoven silk textiles. The American government later reciprocated with an autographed photographic portrait of the president. Although on the surface a straightforward diplomatic exchange, the objects used--and the ideas behind them--reveal a wealth of information about the culture and history of Madagascar, and its relations with the West. The essays in Objects as Envoys contextualize and explain ...

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Objects as Envoys: Cloth, Imagery, and Diplomacy in Madagascar
2002, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295981963

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