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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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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