Publications

Lang, Maria-Katharina, Tsetsentsolmon Baatarnaran (ed.) 2017

ARTEFACTS AS LINKS
The Hans Leder Collections

Compagnion to the exhibition in the Bogd Khan Palace Museum, 2017
Paperback, 18,2 x 15 cm, 116 pages
Veröffentlichungen zum Archiv. Weltmuseum Wien, Band 13

One main aim of the research on Hans Leder and his ethnographic collections was to establish a first documentation and general view of the collections as a whole. In this way, once divided object groups were reunited in a publication, virtually on a database and homepage, and in museum exhibitions. Furthermore, Leder’s historic route was retraced through field research and the places he visited were compared with their present state. Along the road, objects served as a linkage between memories of the past and present practices, the often intertwined movements of artefacts were made visible.
Hans Leder’s collections of Mongolian ethnographic artefacts are tangible evidence that enables us to establish a direct link to the past. History, beliefs and individual lives are encoded within these items, which have the capacity to bridge times, borders and spaces.
With contributions by Maria-Katharina Lang and Baatarnarany Tsetsentsolmon. Graphic layout: Johannes Heuer.

Lang, Maria-Katharina (ed.) 2016

NOMADIC ARTEFACTS
A scientific-artistic travelogue.

Hardcover, 28 x 24,5 cm, 184 pages
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Vienna

The title relates to the two main facets of this volume: first the examination of the trajectories of certain ethnographic objects and their provenance right up to their present depositories in museum collections, and secondly the development of ethnographic collections in Austria, specifically the Weltmuseum Wien, as well as the establishment and transformations of museums in Mongolia. The effects of the political repressions on scientists, museums and temples are documented. The loose contributions in the second half of the book under the heading “Travelogue” reflect the memory of the diverse sites and intersections of Mongolia in kaleidoscopic fragments. An essayistic photo-collage, narrations on objects, a poem by Jamtsyn Badraa and a ballad by Christoph Ransmayr written for this book and the eponymous exhibition illustrate the journey through the multilayered memories and imaginations.
With contributions by Maria-Katharina Lang, Barbara Plankensteiner, Baatarnarany Tsetsentsolmon, Georg Czernin, Charles Ramble, Jamtsyn Badraa and Christoph Ransmayr. An artistically produced volume with numerous illustrations. Graphic layout: Johannes Heuer.

Eva Allinger – Frantz Grenet – Christian Jahoda – Maria-Katharina Lang – Anne Vergati (Eds.) 2017

INTERACTION IN THE HIMALAYAS AND CENTRAL ASIA
Processes of Transfer, Translation and Transformation in Art, Archaeology, Religion and Polity.

Hardcover, 29,5 x 24,5cm, 423 pages
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Vienna

The proceedings of the Third International SEECHAC Colloquium, held in Vienna in 2013, are devoted to the topic “Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia”. Divided into three parts – I. Transfer and Interaction in Central Asia and Tibet; II. Translation and Adoption of Art and Architecture in the Western Himalayas; III. Patterns of Transformation in Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia and Central Asia – and preceded by an introduction by Christian Jahoda, past and current transformation processes of social, religious and material culture are addressed in 19 original contributions by experts from various fields of knowledge and disciplines including archaeology, architecture, art history and social anthropology as well as Central Asian, Mongolian and Tibetan Studies: Eva Allinger, Ágnes Birtalan, Isabelle Charleux, Quentin Devers, Marialaura Di Mattia, Lewis Doney, Lhagvasuren Erdenebold, Finbarr B. Flood, Hubert Feiglstorfer, Frantz Grenet, Amy Heller and Charlotte Eng, Christiane Kalantari, Maria-Katharina Lang, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine, Ciro Lo Muzio, Élise Luneau, Oscar Nalesini, David Pritzker and Tianshu Zhu.

Lang, Maria-Katharina/Bauer, Stefan (eds.) 2013

THE MONGOLIAN COLLECTIONS
Retracing Hans Leder

Paperback, 28 x 22,5 cm, 137 pages + 64 plates
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Vienna.

This volume presents the results of a project realised within the research programme Research at Museums (forMuse). Selected objects from the collections of the Austrian research traveller and collector Hans Leder (1843–1921), which are located at the Weltmuseum Vienna and other ethnographic museums in Central Europe, are reunited here for the first time. These are primarily Buddhist ritual items of daily life in northern Mongolia around 1900. Following an introduction to the history of the collection, with numerous original quotations by the collector, and historic and recent insights to Mongolian Buddhism, specific object groups are presented and described. An illustrated section within this appealingly designed book shows as yet unpublished object photographs that were taken during the project. The volume brings together descriptions of artefacts from multiple points of view. The interdisciplinary project team thus provides a new approach to a collection of Mongolian art which is unique in its abundance and authenticity. With contributions by Ágnes Birtalan, Olaf Czaja, Béla Kelényi, Maria-Katharina Lang, Lhagvademchig S. Jadamba and Krisztina Teleki.

Lang, Maria-Katharina, 2010

DIE SAMMLUNG HANS LEDER
Mongolische Ethnographica im Museum für Völkerkunde Wien.

Paperback, 30 x 21 cm, 68 pages
Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. Vienna.

The most extensive collection of Mongolian ethnographica in Europe goes back to the Austrian explorer Hans Leder (1848–1921). In 1892, his entomological studies led him from southern Siberia to Northern Mongolia. During further stays in Mongolia between 1892 and 1905, Leder collected and studied mainly Mongolian-Buddhist ritual items. A portion of his extensive collection is housed in the Museum of Ethnology Vienna, with further parts preserved in the major museums of ethnography in Germany, the Czech Republic and Hungary. This volume, based on a project report, releases previously unpublished archival data and depictions of museum artefacts, offers details about the collector’s biography and the intricate history of the collection, and discusses the artefacts’ iconography. The collection is unique as it represents a snapshot of everyday religious culture in Northern Mongolia at the turn of the 19th century. This part of Mongolian culture was increasingly repressed, and by the late 1930s it was nearly destroyed completely. The present publication also discusses the interaction with sacred artefacts and their meanings since the establishment of democracy in Mongolia in 1990.