The Pitt Rivers Museum normally uses a broad continental breakdown for all its objects and this will be used for these statistics. It includes Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and Oceania, and Europe.

Here is the breakdown for the second collection of all objects between continents [1]:

Africa = 2829

Americas = 1041

Asia = 3352

Australia & Oceania = 1460

Europe = 11304

It can be seen that objects from Europe again dominate the second collection.

Here are the percentages:

Africa = 13.8 per cent

Americas = 5 per cent

Asia = 16.4 per cent

Australia & Oceania = 7.1 per cent

Europe = 55.3 per cent

In other words at least one in every two objects in the second collection comes from Europe.

AP, 25.5.2010


[1] Note that there is a small over-count of objects, because a very few objects do not have a specific provenance and are listed under more than one continent. In addition, in the second collection there is a significant minority of objects that have no known geographical provenance (840) and are therefore only reflected in the total number of objects and not in the geographical statistics.

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