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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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

— 4 days ago with 28 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.

— 6 days ago with 33 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.

— 6 days 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.

— 1 week 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?

— 1 week ago with 30 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!

— 1 week 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!

— 2 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…”

— 2 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.

— 2 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?

— 2 weeks ago with 26 notes

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

A thangka is a painting on cotton or silk, often embroidered over in many layers. Thangkas were used as teaching tools, often depicting the life of Buddha, lamas or other deities and bodhisattvas. They also served as important apparatus in meditation which would lead one closers to a transformative enlightenment.

This particular thangka is from Tibet and depicts Yamantaka with a crown of skulls, surrounded by flames. In his right hand he holds a flaying knife and in his left, a skullcap. He wears a tiger skin and is trampling a man. Along the base are eight black and dark blue members of his retinue.

— 2 weeks ago with 96 notes

#tibet  #buddha  #meditation  #teaching  #thangka  #painting  #religious art  #lamas  #deitie  #bodhisattvas  #enlightement  #yamantaka  #skull cap  #skull  #flames 
No this isn’t a pair of Jockey’s trousers, it is a wooden shoulder shield, used by archers from Papa New Guinea. What a little beauty…

No this isn’t a pair of Jockey’s trousers, it is a wooden shoulder shield, used by archers from Papa New Guinea. What a little beauty…

— 2 weeks ago with 45 notes

#shield  #Papanewguinea  #boards  #Horniman 

This amazing shield is made of crocodile skin, and comes from the Hadenoa people, in the Upper Nile region of Sudan. The shield has an iron spearpoint attached to the handle. It was acquired by the Horniman in 1912.

— 2 weeks ago with 29 notes

#crocodile  #shield  #Sudan  #spear 
This is our favourite object of the week! An amazing, very large shield painted with two human faces.

Unfortunately we don’t know much about it yet.

This is our favourite object of the week! An amazing, very large shield painted with two human faces.

Unfortunately we don’t know much about it yet.

— 3 weeks ago with 206 notes

#shield  #face  #paint  #human 
The weekend is here, so have a cigar! This is a tobacco pouch and pipe case from Japan. Handy little smoking tool… (The Horniman Reviews team does not promote smoking!!)

The weekend is here, so have a cigar! This is a tobacco pouch and pipe case from Japan. Handy little smoking tool… (The Horniman Reviews team does not promote smoking!!)

— 3 weeks ago with 27 notes

#pipe  #tobacco  #Japan  #Horniman  #cigar