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1 collection of the Hermitage Museum in St
collection of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. ,is collection of objects was sent to Paris by the Khabarovsk Regional Museum. e city of Khabarovsk was located on the Amur River as a stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It was also the home of the local branch of the Imperial Russian Geographical Society, which had been collecting in the Amur River delta throughout the last half of the 19th century (it was from these collections that the Khabarovsk Museum was formed in 1894). After the close of the Paris Exposition, William Wilson, Director of the Commercial Museum, had this collection, along with many other ethnographic collections exhibite

2 d at the Fair that he purchased, shipped
d at the Fair that he purchased, shipped to Philadelphia to augment the museum he founded in 1893.In 1898, the Commercial Museum sent a mission to China and Siberia with the express intent to collect commercial intelligence, samples of raw materials, and the products of native industry. is resulted in the publica-tion Siberia: A Coming Market (1899). Undoubtedly, the Ňproducts of native industryÓ collected by this mission gives each piece its own unique, identifying number (e.g. 1899.1.26 is a birch bark hat). ,is group of objects may have already been ear-marked to be exhibited in Paris in 1900. Wilson probably purchased the lot with the expres

3 s intent to have it shipped back to Phil
s intent to have it shipped back to Philadelphia after it was exhibited in the Trans-Siberian Pavilion at the close of the exposition. Collections that Wilson actually purchased after the exposition closed bear accession numbers beginning with 1900 (see articles by Katz and Latimer, this is-sue). Undoubtedly, WilsonŐs experiences Ţve years earlier at the 1893 WorldŐs Columbian Exposi-tion in Chicago prompted this mission. As more than simply a casual visitor, he would have seen the Amur River material collected by Baron A. Korf (former governor-general of the Amur River object #2003-43-71, 2003-43-26. MIDDLE: The Trans-Siberian Pavilion was sai

4 d to recall the Kremlin in its design. B
d to recall the Kremlin in its design. BELOW: Map of the Paris 1900 Exposition. The area the Mountain/ForestÓ and giver of all land animals, hold a prominent place in the belief system of these cultural groups. ,e extent of shamanic practice is underscored by the number of amulets and wooden Ţgures that are part of the collection. ,e bulk of the MuseumŐs collection, however, is devoted to undecorated utilitarian and household objects: hunting and Ţshing gear, and housing and transportation models. Taken together with the Field MuseumŐs collection, which it mirrors in many ways, and that of the AMNH, the belief system of these cultural groups. U