Short Portrait: Dieter Eisleb

Dieter Eisleb
Dieter Eisleb

Born  4. Januar 1932, Sülzbayn (Turingia). In 1936 his family moved to Erfurt, where he completed his final exams at school in 1951.

In 1952 Eisleb studied Ethnology (with Thurnwald, Westphal-Hellbusch and Nevermann), Americanistics (with Kutscher) and Art History at the Free University, Berlin. His dissertation on Neue politische Organisationen beim Kontakt von Hirten und Feldbauern was done in 1957.

In 1959 he worked as a volunteer at the Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin. In 1966 he carried out field research in Mexico. Until 1991 he worked as head if the America Section at Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin.

 Died 25. April 2003, Berlin (buried Waldfriedhof Potsdamer Chaussee)


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Töpferkunst der Maya (Staatl. Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz Berlin Museeum für Völkerkunde) 1969; Westmexikanische Keramik (1971): Altperuanische Kulturen (with Renate Strelow, Christian Goedicke, Josef Riederar). Museum für Völkerkunde (Berlin, Germany, 1975

(text by Dieter Haller on the basis of BAA; photo source:

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