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.

NB: we're not responsible for others reblogging or writing about our objects, but we hope you like these objects as much as we do.

Hear more about our projects on twitter @HornimanReviews.

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These wonderful objects are knives and sheaths from Lappland. They are all decorated with etchings of reindeer and geometric patterns. The sheaths are made of antler and leather.

— 19 hours ago with 83 notes

#reindeer  #antler  #knife sheath  #knife  #Horniman Museum  #horniman reviews 
This object from Lappland is a knife sheath. It is made of antler and leather and is incised on one side with an image of a figure on a sled drawn by a reindeer, with a second reindeer behind. We think it is a very beautiful object.

This object from Lappland is a knife sheath. It is made of antler and leather and is incised on one side with anĀ image of a figure on a sled drawn by a reindeer, with a second reindeer behind. We think it is a very beautiful object.

— 1 day ago with 223 notes

#lappland  #antler  #knife sheath  #Horniman Museum 

We found this Japanese Bonkei set in our store, complete with tree, mountains and small boat. We also found a cheeky monkey with the set, although we are not quite sure if he is part of the object, or an imposter!

— 3 days ago with 43 notes

#Japan  #Bonkei  #monkey  #collections review  #Horniman 

We have a very wide variety of objects at the Horniman- including soap! It certainly made our surroundings smell very clean for a couple of days while we were reviewing it.

— 4 days ago with 21 notes

#soap  #Horniman  #collections review 

Here is a sneak peek of some of the objects which will be on show tomorrow at our Behind the Scenes at the Horniman- Tour of the Horniman Offsite Store event. If you’d like to join us please grab a ticket here http://bit.ly/SCCTour. You’ll have a chance to see some of our fantastic objects which are not on display and the building which houses over 90% of the Horniman’s collections.

— 6 days ago with 31 notes

#collections  #Horniman  #Horniman Museum 
Fancy a real life peek inside our store? We will be giving tours next Thursday!  Over 90% of the collections are stored here! 
Limited spaces available!  http://bit.ly/SCCTour

Fancy a real life peek inside our store? We will be giving tours next Thursday!
Over 90% of the collections are stored here! Limited spaces available! http://bit.ly/SCCTour

— 1 week ago with 29 notes

#tour  #museum  #storage  #museum late  #horniman museum 
This beautiful object is a forehead ornament from New Guinea, made of the feathers and head of a male Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba). These birds have historically been highly prized for their bright plumage, and were heavily hunted, particularly for decoration on hats in Europe.

This beautiful object is a forehead ornament from New Guinea, made of the feathers and head of a male Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba). These birds have historically been highly prized for their bright plumage, and were heavily hunted, particularly for decoration on hats in Europe.

— 2 weeks ago with 34 notes

#ornament  #Superb Bird of Paradise  #bird  #New Guinea  #head 
What a lovely object to brighten up a Tuesday morning! This is a beautiful mat from New Guinea, made of nassa shells stitched onto a plant fibre textile backing.

What a lovely object to brighten up a Tuesday morning! This is a beautiful mat from New Guinea, made of nassa shells stitched onto a plant fibre textile backing.

— 2 weeks ago with 14 notes

#New Guinea  #shell  #mat  #Nassaruis 

This week we gave you this spiky stick to identify. There were many imaginative guesses!

This stick is in fact a marker used in pigeon shooting. It is made of wood, and possibly from Europe.

— 2 weeks ago with 19 notes

#Stick of the Week  #stick  #pigeon  #shooting  #marker  #Europe 

It’s Thursday. That means it’s Stick of the Week time! This week’s stick (possibly) comes to you from Europe. Any ideas what it is?

— 2 weeks ago with 33 notes

#Stick of the Week  #Thursday  #stick  #Europe  #museum  #Horniman 
This figure from Cameroon is covered in thousands of red and blue beads- what a beautiful object!

This figure from Cameroon is covered in thousands of red and blue beads- what a beautiful object!

— 3 weeks ago with 27 notes

#cameroon 
This mask is being looked at as part of our Collections Review. We have little information about it but it is possibly from China. We thought it had a beautiful face!

This mask is being looked at as part of our Collections Review. We have little information about it but it is possibly from China. We thought it had a beautiful face!

— 3 weeks ago with 39 notes

#mask 
After the weekend, a certain member of the team is feeling quite tired and sleepy. Fortunately the Horniman has this rather beautiful sleeping mat from Iraq to aid their slumber. Known locally as a “Tatiya”. “Night, Night…”

After the weekend, a certain member of the team is feeling quite tired and sleepy. Fortunately the Horniman has this rather beautiful sleeping mat from Iraq to aid their slumber. Known locally as a “Tatiya”. “Night, Night…”

— 3 weeks ago with 22 notes

#sleepingmat  #Tatiya  #Horniman  #Iraq 
Thanks for all of your inventive answers to Stick of the Week! Nobody guessed correctly this time, but one person did suggest it had a religious use… 

This stick is an ‘inau’, a ritual wood shaving stick used by the Ainu people of Hokkaido, an island in Northern Japan. Inau are used in religious rituals and prayers to the spiritual world. The size of the inau and the direction of shaving will depend on which ‘kamuy’, or spiritual being, it is offered to, and what is being requested.

Thanks for all of your inventive answers to Stick of the Week! Nobody guessed correctly this time, but one person did suggest it had a religious use…

This stick is an ‘inau’, a ritual wood shaving stick used by the Ainu people of Hokkaido, an island in Northern Japan. Inau are used in religious rituals and prayers to the spiritual world. The size of the inau and the direction of shaving will depend on which ‘kamuy’, or spiritual being, it is offered to, and what is being requested.

— 3 weeks ago with 14 notes

#Stick of the Week  #stick  #Inau  #Ainu  #Japan  #Hokkaido  #kamuy 
This week’s Stick of the Week comes to you from Asia. Any ideas what it is, and how it’s used?

This week’s Stick of the Week comes to you from Asia. Any ideas what it is, and how it’s used?

— 3 weeks ago with 26 notes

#Stick of the Week  #stick  #Asia  #Horniman  #museum