Annotation to the Catalogue
The catalogue is arranged according to the geographical principle. The order of artefacts in the catalogue and on the exhibition corresponds to James Cook's itinerary during his third circumnavigation.
The first section of the Catalogue "Ethnographical artefacts" contains the following information:
- The artefact's number in the Catalogue and on the exhibition;
- The artefact's name (with its local name in italics in brackets, if it is known);
- MAE's collection number written in a way adopted after 1945. MAE's collection numbers consist of two groups of numbers divided by a hyphen. The first number stands for the collection number, the second number or figure stands for the artefact's number inside the collection (for instance, № 505-4). In cases when the number is followed by a question mark, the whole number is put in inverted commas, and this means that the question mark was put by the registrar;
- Material the artefact is made of;
- Measurements at the extreme points (in centimeters). If the measurement is made at different parameters (for instance, at the curve) it is always specified in brackets. If the sides of an artefact (a mat, a collar, etc.) are of different length or width, their measurements are divided by a slash (/), for example 93x45/47 cm. A tilde (~) put before a number means that it was impossible to determine the exact measurement;
- Description of the artefact, made by the author except for those for the Hawaiian tapas. Their descriptions and measurement are taken from L.G.Rozina's articles. They are put in inverted commas and are provided with references;
- Function of the artefact, unless its clear or follows from the exhibit's name, for instance, "fish-hook";
- Reference to Behm's Inventory or a different document that records acquisition of the exhibit by the Museum (for example, MAE's log book № 1);
- 18th century text label (if preserved);
- 18th century number label (if preserved);
- The analogues are mentioned only when there are no museum marks or other indirect evidence of the exhibit's belonging to Cook's collections; or if the analogues allow to determine/confirm the exhibit's function;
- Publications in which the attributed or reattributed exhibit is first mentioned or published. Full titles of the publications can be found in the section "Reference literature". If a publication is mentioned in the "Exhibitions" section, here it is only mentioned if it adds anything new to the understanding of the exhibit;
- Exhibitions on which the exhibit was displayed, except for MAE's permanent exhibitions. The information about exhibitions is not exhaustive.
Absence of any of the abovementioned sections (for instance, "18th century number label") means that the information has not preserved or been discovered.
The second section of the catalogue "Engravings made basing on William Hodges' drawings" is compiled according to the following scheme:
- Number in the Catalogue and on the exhibition;
- An expanded name of the engraving given by the author of the Catalogue. Sometimes it coincides with the names generally accepted in foreign publications;
- The engraver's name, if known;
- The date of the drawing's creation by W.Hodges, established by written sources;
- The measurements of the sheet of paper and the brass plate print are given in centimeters and divided by a semicolon;
- If the Latin printed inscription under the engraving is available, it is given in inverted columns and then its translation is given in square brackets;
- The English pencil inscription and the sheet number put in ink (if available).