Talisman

5 December – 14 February 2009

Twelve New Zealand jewellery artists have made new work responding to the theme of talismans in culture. A selection of rare Oceanic talismans from Canterbury Museum are also included.

Talismans are found in many cultures throughout the world. In this exhibition 12 contemporary New Zealand jewellery artists have made new work responding to the enduring power of the talisman.

Ritual, superstition and transformation, aspects often forgotten or lost in secular society, are explored.

The inclusion of 12 rare and important historic talismans from Canterbury Museum's Oceanic collection highlights an exchange across times and cultures, and reinforces not only the connections between jewellery and the body, science, magic and nature, but also the idea that jewellery accrues meaning through use.

Exhibition number 834A