In the Horniman

We work at the Horniman Museum and Gardens' stores and come across all manner of interesting, unusual and fascinating finds.
Here we share a few we like with you, but there are lots more listed on our website.


At the moment, we're mainly working on a collections review project: Collections People Stories, reviewing our Anthropology collections. You can learn more about all the collections at the Horniman on our website.

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Another week, another animated toy!
This wooden mechanical toy comes from Russia, and depicts a bear feeding from a honey pot. It was acquired by the museum in 1969.

Another week, another animated toy!

This wooden mechanical toy comes from Russia, and depicts a bear feeding from a honey pot. It was acquired by the museum in 1969.

— 6 hours ago with 65 notes

#toy  #bear  #man  #honey  #gif  #animated  #museum  #Horniman Museum  #Russia  #1969 
Last week’s stick was a beautiful glass witch’s cane from England. We have a few in the collection with different coloured patterns. These were apparently used to absorb evil spirits, which people believed caused diseases.

Last week’s stick was a beautiful glass witch’s cane from England. We have a few in the collection with different coloured patterns. These were apparently used to absorb evil spirits, which people believed caused diseases.

— 1 day ago with 53 notes

#stick  #cane  #walking stick  #witch  #witchcraft  #magic  #superstition  #evil  #spirits  #protection  #England  #musuem  #horniman museum  #glass  #twist 
Tonight is the last night of Passover which means people will be able to eat leavened foods again! So, to celebrate here is a painting called ‘At the Bread Oven’ from Uzbekistan painted in 1998 by R. Almakayev.

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Tonight is the last night of Passover which means people will be able to eat leavened foods again! So, to celebrate here is a painting called ‘At the Bread Oven’ from Uzbekistan painted in 1998 by R. Almakayev.

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— 1 day ago with 22 notes

#bread  #passover  #painting  #Uzbekistan  #dough  #oven  #baking  #kneading  #oil paint 
This beautiful Easter cross is from Sweden.

This beautiful Easter cross is from Sweden.

— 3 days ago with 26 notes

#easter  #cross  #sweden  #wood  #anthropology  #Horniman Museum 

These sixteen Easter eggs are from Czechoslovakia. Each one is hand blown and painted and then strung onto colourful ribbon so they could be hung up.
We currently have some Romanian Easter eggs on loan at Hall Place, Bexley and Whitstable Museum and Gallery and are definitely worth checking out. The loans are part of a project called Object in Focus, and more information can be found here: http://www.horniman.ac.uk/about/object-in-focus-loans

— 5 days ago with 94 notes

#Easter  #Easter egg  #Czechoslovakia  #craft  #egg  #anthropology  #loan  #Horniman Museum 

A pretty shiny stick for this week’s stick of the week! We’ll tell you more about it on Tuesday when we return from out Easter break.

— 6 days ago with 20 notes

#stickoftheweek  #horniman  #museum  #anthropology 

We love tea here in the collections centre, which is fitting seeing as we were founded by a tea trader! We love finding beautiful tea related objects and this one is a beauty! This is a caddy is from China and has been lacquered with intricate scenes of birds. Inside are 2 compartments to be filled with precious tea. Object number 1971.325

— 6 days ago with 86 notes

#China  #birds  #lacquer  #gold  #tea  #caddy  #horniman museum  #tea trader  #anthropology  #chinese 
We’re not sure what conservation are up to today but they look suspicious!

We’re not sure what conservation are up to today but they look suspicious!

— 1 week ago with 36 notes

#conservation  #museum  #museum staff 
Our photographer often builds interesting sets ups in her studio. This one looks like there’s magic happening inside!

Our photographer often builds interesting sets ups in her studio. This one looks like there’s magic happening inside!

— 1 week ago with 17 notes

#museum photography  #object photography  #photography studio  #photographer  #lighting  #camera  #tripod  #museum 
This is a beautifully carved figure of a seated Buddha, from Myanmar or Burma. His right hand reaches down making contact with the earth in the mudra, or posture, which reveals the very moment that Buddha gained enlightenment. The statue is made from wax and covered in a thin layer of silver.

This is a beautifully carved figure of a seated Buddha, from Myanmar or Burma. His right hand reaches down making contact with the earth in the mudra, or posture, which reveals the very moment that Buddha gained enlightenment. The statue is made from wax and covered in a thin layer of silver.

— 1 week ago with 41 notes

#buddha  #Buddhism  #statue  #wax  #silver  #Horniman Museum  #museum 
Currently working through a box of tops; spinning tops, balancing tops, whip tops… This is a pretty peg top from Mexico City, Mexico.

Currently working through a box of tops; spinning tops, balancing tops, whip tops… This is a pretty peg top from Mexico City, Mexico.

— 1 week ago with 38 notes

#mexico  #Mexico City  #top  #toys and games  #anthropology  #Horniman Museum 
Tonight is the first night of Passover, or the Passover Seder! As part of the celebrations you drink four cups of wine, so here is a picture of a wine bottle from our collection.

Tonight is the first night of Passover, or the Passover Seder! As part of the celebrations you drink four cups of wine, so here is a picture of a wine bottle from our collection.

— 1 week ago with 39 notes

#passover  #jewish  #wine  #bottle  #england  #glass  #anthropology  #Horniman Museum 
Stick of The Week answer time! 
These sticks were used by the Ancient Egyptians. The larger one is made from reed and is used to contain kohl eyeliner whilst the smaller one is wooden and is used to apply the kohl. These were used to create their distinctive almond shaped eyes. 
Object number 29.281

Stick of The Week answer time!
These sticks were used by the Ancient Egyptians. The larger one is made from reed and is used to contain kohl eyeliner whilst the smaller one is wooden and is used to apply the kohl. These were used to create their distinctive almond shaped eyes.
Object number 29.281

— 1 week ago with 43 notes

#stickoftheweek  #ancient Egypt  #egyptians  #egypt  #anthropology  #makeup  #cosmetics  #eye liner  #khol  #beauty  #reed  #sticks 
This is a ghost trap from Tibet. The trap is also known as a Namkhar, which means sky in Tibetan. The trap serves many purposes, not just the protection from ghosts. 

This is a ghost trap from Tibet. The trap is also known as a Namkhar, which means sky in Tibetan. The trap serves many purposes, not just the protection from ghosts. 

— 1 week ago with 171 notes

#ghost  #trap  #Tibet  #Horniman Museum  #museum  #Namkhar 
Today, we proudly present: moving objects!
This pecking bird toy is from Patna, India. The ball on the bottom of the string is intended to be rotated, and the birds’ heads would move up and down in turn.

Today, we proudly present: moving objects!

This pecking bird toy is from Patna, India. The ball on the bottom of the string is intended to be rotated, and the birds’ heads would move up and down in turn.

— 1 week ago with 43 notes

#bird  #toy  #pecking birds  #India  #gif  #museum