The stories in this zone are the work of MA students at The Courtauld, University of London enrolled on two special option courses: “Strolling Isfahan: Masters, Merchants, and Monarchs,” convened by Professor Sussan Babaie, and “Beijing and Beyond: Art and Empire in Early Modern China,” taught by Dr Stephen Whiteman. Called the “Trans-Asias/Things That Talk Project,” this initiative is an integral part of our efforts to develop new approaches in our joint research and teaching about art from across Asia at the Courtauld. Our goal is to train our students to become agile in deploying analytical tools and methodologies of transculturality and trans-Asian thinking toward new histories of art and architecture.
-9/27/2021 9:33:30 AM
Bronze Incense Burner
Tripod, bronze incense burner from China, 1506-1521, Height: 7.5 cm, diameter: 14 cm
1506-15219/21/2021 12:57:16 PM
Amir in Leiden
This is a digital photograph of Amir with his favorite items, most of which are books.
20219/13/2021 10:54:27 AM
Everyday objects such as a mirror, a pair of sneakers, a tombstone, a biscuit, a cup of tea, a cigarette or a sofa, all have something to say about the literary imagination during the cultural movement of “Modernism” that took place in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century.
-9/7/2021 11:05:27 AM
Ming Brush Rest
Ming dynasty brush rest (11 x 22 cm) with Zhengde mark and period (1506–21). Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware).
1506–15219/2/2021 8:41:56 AM
Stela of Ipu
ca. 1539-1292 BCE
This is the limestone stela of Ipu, a ‘royal cupbearer’ who lived around the time of Tutankhamun, ca. 1336-1327 BC. The stela, which measures 128 by 86 by 15 cm, is shaped to represent a door and is decorated with a combination of high and low relief. Originally the stela was painted in multiple colors, of which almost nothing remains.
ca. 1539-1292 BCE8/16/2021 10:57:24 AM
Lacquer Toilet Box
Toilet box with interior tray made in Dresden (Germany) around 1760. Made of lacquered metal with inlays of mother-of-pearl, gold, colored stones, copper, and brass. Attributed to Johann Martin Heinrici.
17608/9/2021 8:22:50 AM
Mycenaean Gold Balance
ca. 1600 BCE
Gold balance with thin gold plates, embellished with butterflies. Found in Shaft Grave III, Grave Circle A, at Mycenae (Greece). Ca. Late Helladic I – Late Helladic IIA (ca. 1600 BCE)
ca. 1600 BCE8/6/2021 2:23:53 PM
Minoan Ladies in Blue
Fresco, three females wearing jackets and white dresses, second millennium BC.
-8/1/2021 6:31:17 PM
Frog shaped fly swatter, a tool used to kill flies.
-7/28/2021 10:11:00 AM
Fan with Norigae
White, blank foldable fan from late Joseon, 1875-1895. Attached to it is a norigae, with a knot (seonchu), a red bead and a blue tassle.
1875-18957/12/2021 3:27:20 PM
Culture on the Move
In a nutshell, cultural translation refers to processes in which the meanings and materiality of texts, things, or practices transform when transferred to different cultural contexts. As a field, it is highly inter- or multidisciplinary, not in the least because the term itself can denote either a ‘culturally informed’ type of translation, or the ‘translation/transfer’ of culture or cultural forms themselves. In addition, it can refer to the transformation of all types of cultural expressions; those that can be transferred in time, in space or from one medium to another by a wide variety of ‘translators’.
-7/12/2021 3:08:46 PM
YSL Mondrian Dress
1965 dress by the French designer Yves Saint-Laurent (1936-2008). It features a pattern inspired by the Dutch pioneer of the De Stijl movement: Piet Mondrian (1872-1944).
19657/6/2021 12:29:11 PM
Mirror and Mannequin
Picture of a beveled mirror with Murano glass frame and flowers. 83 x 66 x 7 cm, with a silhouette mannequin placed next to it.
ca 19007/4/2021 8:15:15 PM
Sneakers and Shadow
Grey Sneakers and a person’s shadow on wet pavement, 2018
-7/3/2021 1:06:32 PM
Human beings desire beautiful things, and when those things come from far away, they become even more desirable. Unsurprisingly, then, today’s museum collections are full of objects that have travelled long distances to satisfy the desires of human beings. But it wasn’t just objects that travelled: materials, design ideas, and technologies also travelled, especially within regions and during periods in which contacts intensified. The objects that emerge from the exchange between Asia and Europe we call ‘transcultural objects’.
-7/3/2021 11:40:11 AM
Elephant Chess Piece
Late 17th/early 18th century, ivory, India, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions: height: 5.1cm, width: 5.7cm
ca 18007/3/2021 9:16:19 AM
Register of Patients
Register of patients of the Binnengasthuis in Amsterdam, anno 1869. 234 pages, in marbled binding with ‘Female Illnesses, Gynecological Treatments, Skin Illnesses, and Maternity Women’ written on the front cover.
18696/28/2021 9:59:58 AM
Satin, Alpaca and Velvet
Four pieces of fabric: yellow satin, blue satin, brown velvet, and beige alpaca.
20216/27/2021 10:30:20 AM
Madeleines with Tea
Three madeleines and a cup of tea, served in a porcelain cup and saucer.
-6/20/2021 9:53:05 AM
Japanese ewer from the late 17th century with Dutch silver lid; decorations based on popular Chinese export porcelain. 21,5cm in height and 7,5cm in diameter.
Late 1700s6/18/2021 2:31:59 PM
Meiji Era Face Mask
Black and red face mask from Japan, with brass filter, Meiji Era (1868-1912). With package.
1868-19126/9/2021 8:22:16 PM
Mycenaean civilization flourished in mainland Greece and the Aegean islands in the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1450-1200 BCE), the time in which the famous epics of Homer, the Iliad and Odyssey, are situated. The Mycenaeans left behind an impressive material legacy, including the remains of mighty palaces, many precious objects, highly decorative pottery, as well as thousands of clay tablets written in the Linear B script. These objects not only inform us about the society, religion and culture of this ancient people, but they also have amazing biographies of their own.
-6/9/2021 7:47:19 PM
Late Minoan terracotta coffin from Crete with painted decorations of maritime and floral elements. Date: Late Minoan (ca. 1400-1050 BCE), H. 105 x L. 97 x W. 41 cm.
1400-1050 BCE6/1/2021 7:23:17 AM
De K.S.R.V. “Njord”
De tijdsgeest was ernaar, de omstandigheden dwongen ertoe en men wilde het ook gewoon: in 1971 opende de K.S.R.V. ‘’Njord’’ haar deuren voor vrouwen. Over de tendens in de beginjaren van de openstelling werden ooit de woorden gesproken: ‘’Njord was wel gemengd, maar niet geschud.’’ Inmiddels kunnen we spreken van een heuse suspensie en zijn mannen en vrouwen onlosmakelijk aan elkaar en aan Njord verbonden.
-6/1/2021 7:19:18 AM
Olympische ringen op Njord
Olympische Ringen op de muur in de trainingsruimte (‘Het Krachthonk’) van Koninklijke Studenten Roeivereeniging Njord.
20216/1/2021 7:18:56 AM
Dit is de dameskleedkamer van Njord. Eerst zat hier de woning van de bootsman Maarten de Lange, maar sinds de aankomst van de dames is dit gedeelte, met behulp van Maarten, omgebouwd tot een kleedkamer.
-6/1/2021 7:18:14 AM
De Zwanezaal van Njord
Dit is de Zwanezaal van Koninklijke Studenten Roeivereeniging Njord. Njord begon als een botenloods die langzaamaan steeds werd uitgebreid.
-5/28/2021 8:57:53 AM
Register of Suspects
Register of suspects including their crimes and punishments with accompanying passport photos, 33 pages, 1880-1883; compiled by the Amsterdam Police.
1880-18835/25/2021 7:44:57 AM
Mycenaean miniature table
Mycenaean miniature model of an offering table with plant motif decoration. Attached are a miniature animal figurine and two drinking vessels. (1300-1200 BCE). H. 90 mm x W. 115 mm.
1600-1100 BCE5/19/2021 8:02:26 PM
Ayoub in Leiden
Ayoub in his place in Leiden, The Netherlands, April 2021.
20215/16/2021 7:14:54 PM
Drop-front secretary 149,5 x 90 x 44cm, late 18th century, when drop-front secretaries became popular to keep documents, correspondence and small objects safe.
ca. 17755/16/2021 2:39:33 PM
Things tell stories about humans, and the way they lived. These stories are, of course, especially valuable when dealing with ancient history, as no humans from that time are able to tell their stories for themselves. Let us not forget: what is ancient now, was once brand new.
-5/15/2021 3:58:06 PM
Queen of the Night Relief
A relief found in Iraq depicting a nude woman with Mesopotamian symbols. It measures 49.5 x 37 cm and dates to the 19th to 18th century BCE.
1800-1900 BCE5/14/2021 7:11:25 PM
Brief aan Valckenaer
Brief geschreven door Willem Bilderdijk aan Jan Valckenaer.
-5/14/2021 6:58:53 PM
Strip door Bilderdijk
Stripverhaal door Willem Bilderdijk voor zijn zoontje Julius Willem over het jongetje Hanepoot en zijn geit Siegenbok; Sinterklaascadeau in 1806.
18065/14/2021 1:21:47 PM
Hard disk drive (HDD)
On September 13, 1956, IBM introduced the hard disk drive (HDD). A hard disk drive is an electro-mechanical computer part that can store data. It can be found in PCs and laptops, but also in printers, game consoles and servers.
-5/6/2021 2:10:50 PM
Mycenaean Stirrup Jar
Mycenaean stirrup jar with a depiction of two octopuses, Post-Palatial Period (1200-1100 BCE). Found in mainland Greece (?). 26 cm in height, with a diameter of 21.5 cm.
1200-1100 BCE5/4/2021 12:10:49 PM
Date Palm Chart
Botanical educational chart featuring the most important parts of the Phoenix dactylifera, a date palm, 70 x 49 cm, 1897.
18975/3/2021 12:12:19 PM
Stela of Sehetepibreankh
ca. 1800 BCE
This is the limestone funerary stela of the ancient Egyptian official Sehetep-ib-Re-ankh, who lived under the reign of pharaoh Amenemhat III (ca. 1800 BCE). The bottom part of the stela is unfinished.
ca. 1800 BCE5/3/2021 11:44:36 AM
Pair of Shippō Vases
Namikawa Sosuke (Japanese, 1847-1910), Vase. c.1900, cloisonné enamels and metal works, Height: 60 cm.
ca. 19005/3/2021 7:05:57 AM
Glass Shoe by Frederick Carder displayed in The Corning Museum of Glass (New York), 1925.
19254/29/2021 3:25:59 PM
Chan Po-fung, _I would still find you_
Bracelet. jade, brass, 2013, size variable. Good Design of The Year Award – 2013, Chinese Design Awards.
20134/29/2021 2:25:42 PM
liina klauss, _Ocean Warrior_
Ocean Warrior, flip flop soles, garlic net, size of the garlic net: 100 x 80cm, size of mosaic: 70 x 60cm, 2020
20204/29/2021 11:03:35 AM
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, Necklace
Necklace with a shard (W x D x H : 5 x 3 X 54 cm), silver, porcelain shard, 2020
20204/29/2021 6:59:43 AM
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, _Made in Hong Kong Series_
Brooch (5 x 1.5 x 4.3 cm) by Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, Made in Hong Kong Series, 2000-2021, sea glass, pate de verre glass, gemstones and the lid of a disposable plastic container for take-away food, Hong Kong.
2020-20214/29/2021 4:56:13 AM
UpCycling Hong Kong
For centuries, jewelry makers and goldsmiths have worked sustainably and created circular economies by melting and reshaping precious metal objects and remounting valuable gemstones. This longstanding practice of recycling has also informed recent practices jewelry designers have creatively reused waste materials alongside precious commodities to turn “trash into treasure.”
-4/28/2021 7:53:05 PM
Fong Yik-hang, Garbage Handmade – HK
Garbage Handmade – HK, Safety goggles #81, 2020, plastic bottles, 140(W) x 150(D) x 65(H), Hong Kong; and Respirator #76A, 2020, flour bag, bandage tape, 160(W) x 100(D) x 140(H), Hong Kong.
20204/28/2021 3:35:35 PM
700 – 692 BCE
Relief with depiction of the siege of Lachish by the Assyrian army. Used as wall decoration in the Southwest Palace of Sennacherib in Nineveh. The relief dates back to 700 – 692 BCE.
700 – 692 BCE4/28/2021 2:52:54 PM
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, _Upcycling Hong Kong Series_
Dead stock silver jewelry, pressed glass, silver, metal stud, size variable, Hong Kong, 2020-2021
2020-20214/28/2021 8:23:39 AM
Shirley Lam, _Pick up lines and things_
Shirley Lam, Pick up lines and things, 2016, ring, lotus, found objects, brass, silver, 15.5 x 10.5 x 7 cm, Hong Kong.
20164/28/2021 6:37:57 AM
At the University of Macau, the course Western Civilizations reflects a traditional understanding of world history which holds that the worlds of the past can be studied systematically by focusing on a limited number of civilizations. In our global age, it is important to contrast such grand narratives with other perspectives that shed light on the past “from below.”
-4/26/2021 2:15:11 PM
Cissy Chan, _Far Sea_ Ring
Chan Wing Sze, Cissy, plastic soy container, brass, pearl, 2020, Hong Kong, 5.2 x 3.5 x 4cm.
20204/26/2021 8:26:40 AM
Margaret Chu, _Hollowing Out_
Chu Cheuk-wai Margaret. Sculptural object. paper, pin, white paint, pencil, 80 x 40 x 10 cm, 2020.
20204/25/2021 2:23:32 PM
Sistrum made of faience, H. 26.7 cm, W. 7.5 cm, D. 3.7 cm, decorated with the head of the Egyptian goddess Hathor and inscribed with the name of king Ptolemy I. It dates to 305–282 BCE.
305–282 BCE4/22/2021 1:10:43 PM
W;nk Atelier, _Hydrangea Necklace_
Necklace of recycled plastic, 24K gold leaf, resin, 14k coated brass, 2020, Hong Kong, circumference: 47cm, H 8.5cm x W14.5cm.
20204/21/2021 6:41:35 AM
Alchemist Creations, _CAN watch_
Alchemist Creations, CAN Watch Classic, aluminum, 2012, Hong Kong, 24cm x 5.5cm x 2.5cm.
20124/20/2021 6:41:22 AM
Hurrian Hymn no. 6
± 1400 BCE
Front- and backside of a clay tablet from Ugarit, Syria, with cuneiform writing that probably represents the oldest written melody in the world. Reconstructed from several fragments (RS 15.30, 15.49, 17.387).
± 1400 BCE4/19/2021 1:24:19 PM
Lokjes van Bilderdijk
Twee kleine lokjes haar uit Willem Bilderdijks kapsel. Tentoongesteld onder een stolp, 1831.
-4/14/2021 7:11:52 AM
Tsang Tak-ping, _Garlic Lamp_
Tsang Tak-ping, Garlic Lamp, garlic skin, LED light bulb, 2017, Hong Kong, size variable.
20174/12/2021 8:19:57 AM
Portret van Bilderdijk
Portret van Willem Bilderdijk. Signatuur en datum, links op de boekenkast: ‘door C.H. Hodges in’t Jaar MDCCCX’ (1810)
18104/11/2021 7:07:08 PM
Bilderdijks Leidse bul
Bilderdijks Leidse doctorsbul, gedateerd op 19 oktober 1782. Doctor in de rechten.
-4/11/2021 6:20:12 PM
Welkom in de Bilderdijkkamer in het Leidse Academiegebouw, vernoemd naar de dichter, advocaat en veelzijdig geleerde Willem Bilderdijk (1756-1831). Bilderdijk had zijn leven lang een bijzondere band met Leiden. Voor hem was de stad het ‘Eden der Wareld’: de enige plek waar hij zich gelukkig voelde. In deze tentoonstelling leer je meer over hem en zijn erfenis, die berust bij de Bijzondere Collecties van de Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden.
-4/11/2021 6:15:13 PM
Bilderdijkkamer, vernoemd naar de dichter, advocaat en veelzijdig geleerde Willem Bilderdijk (1756-1831). Kom binnen!
-4/10/2021 1:11:09 PM
Lam Yau-sum, _Tung Lin III_
Lam Yau-sum, 銅林（三）/ Tung Lin III, 31cm x 13.5 cm x h 27 cm, mixed media, 2015.
20154/10/2021 7:59:01 AM
_Sarotti_ Chocolate Advert
This is a metal plaque used by the German chocolate brand Sarotti for advertisement purposes in the 20th century.
2000s4/7/2021 6:39:55 AM
Necklace from Achaemenid Iran
Gold necklace with the head of the Egyptian deity Bes, horses and lotus flowers marking the edges. ca. 86 cm, 6th to 4th century BCE.
600-400 BCE4/6/2021 5:35:42 PM
Interior of _De Chinese Pagode_
Built in 2000, Chinese-Indonesian restaurant in the Dutch village Julianadorp
-4/5/2021 4:35:38 PM
Chin-Ind Babi Pangang
A plate of Babi Pangang, deep-fried pork covered with signature red sauce.
-4/3/2021 6:29:35 PM
Chin-Ind Foe Yong Hai
A plate of Foe Yong Hai, an omelet with a variety of vegetables covered by a sweet and sour tomato sauce.
-3/30/2021 10:50:09 AM
At the Chin-Ind
Chinese-Indonesian restaurants are a distinct part of Dutch life. In 1911, the first small group of Chinese sailors arrived in the Netherlands. By 2011, there were more than seventy thousand people of Chinese descent, either first or second generation. Many first generation Chinese work or used to work in the restaurant business. In 1966 there were more than 1900 Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands, but by 2017 only 1100 or so remained.
-3/29/2021 7:10:12 PM
Three Rings in _Decameron_
Page 18 of Giovanni Boccaccio’s the Decameron. Printed by the Giunti, a Florentine printer family. This print is from 1516.
15163/29/2021 6:34:52 PM
Eels in _Decameron_
Folio u1v of Giovanni Boccaccio’s the Decameron. In Italian, printed by Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, 1492
14923/29/2021 5:56:13 PM
Falcon in _Decameron_
Falcon on folio De Premierfait’s Decameron, 1414
14143/29/2021 5:18:14 PM
There is nothing coincidental about the role of objects in literature. Authors select them for a reason. The objects in the literary work of this zone are no exception: we will look at Giovanni Boccaccio’s famous Decameron (1353). Backdrop of Il Decameron is the impact and the aftermath of the Black Death, the global pandemic of the fourteenth century.
-3/29/2021 1:58:31 PM
A bowl, filled with ‘Chinese’ tomato soup, spring onions and shredded chicken and a bowl of ‘Shark-fin’ soup.
-3/29/2021 10:39:38 AM
Medicine Bottle in _Decameron_
Folio 328r of the first French translation of the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio.
14143/29/2021 7:11:20 AM
Swahili Kanga from Kenya
20th-century kanga from Kenya, a cotton wrapping cloth often worn by Swahili women along the East African coast, 164 x 114cm
-3/28/2021 6:12:00 PM
Feather and Coals in _Decameron_
Parrot feather and coals in Premierfait’s the Decameron
14143/28/2021 5:06:04 PM
Chin-Ind _Pisang Goreng_
A plate with fried banana, pisang goreng at Chin-Ind Restaurant De Chinese Pagode
20213/28/2021 10:53:11 AM
Goslings in _Decameron_
Oil painting inspired by the story of the goslings in Decameron. By Maria Amelia Valdés Sozzani, 2013, 30 cm x 40 cm
20133/28/2021 8:50:15 AM
Haifa Tin Ingots
13th-12th c. BCE
Rectangular tin ingots from a Late Bronze Age shipwreck off the coast of Israel (13th-12th c. BCE). Inscribed with Cypro-Minoan signs. 20 cm x 30 cm x 4 cm.
13th-12th c. BCE3/27/2021 9:13:54 AM
Golden Cup in _Decameron_
Folio 82r in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Dated between around 1400.
14003/26/2021 5:40:31 PM
The Crane in _Decameron_
Decameron novella. Adapted and illustrated by Lele Luzzati. An Astor Book, Ivan Obolensky Inc., NY, 1961.
19613/25/2021 10:00:26 PM
The Rapier in _Decameron_
Folio 186 from the oldest, extant illustrated manuscript edition of the Decameron, c. 1430.
14003/25/2021 2:36:55 PM
Restaurant _De Chinese Pagode_
Chin-Ind restaurant in Julianadorp, the Netherlands.
20003/25/2021 2:12:28 PM
A container filled with bami. Bami is a stir-fried noodle dish famous in Chinese-Indonesian restaurants, often served in plastic containers for takeaway.
20213/19/2021 8:50:37 PM
Gijs Huizinga’s Bedroom Collection
Gijs Huizinga’s old bedroom filled with art and collectibles.
20213/19/2021 8:19:51 PM
Kroepoek is an Indonesian deep fried cracker that is sold in Chinese-Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands. It is a signature dish, often served with other dishes as a complimentary snack.
20213/13/2021 2:08:55 PM
Pot of Basil in _Decameron_
The Decameron Retold (after Isabella and the Pot of Basil, William Holman Hunt), 2019.
20193/13/2021 1:20:57 PM
French wig holder
A tin-glazed earthenware wig holder from the mid 18th century decorated with Chinoiserie motifs.
1700s3/7/2021 2:56:42 PM
Knit hat made of human hair by Meike Fleskens.
20172/16/2021 9:10:41 PM
Vietnam War Zippo
Metal box that produces fire. Authentic 1960s Vietnam War Zippo.
1960s2/16/2021 1:41:25 PM
Statue of Giovanni Boccaccio
The statue of Giovanni Boccaccio in the courtyard of Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, also known as the Loggiato. The sculpture was created by Odoardo Fantacchiotti in the 19th century.
-2/13/2021 6:15:07 PM
Box with Portrait of Napoleon I
8 cm long and 6 cm wide, made of pure gold and decorated with diamonds. A miniature portrait of the Emperor Napoleon painted on ivory tusks in watercolor by court painter Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
-2/12/2021 6:33:49 PM
The Social Condom
Clothing piece by French artist Olivier Goulet: sewn-together faces from synthetically produced skin-like fabric.
20122/12/2021 3:27:32 PM
In South China, maritime material culture forms an important constituent of cultural identity and local heritage. Corals, shells and pearls play a role in the everyday ecologies of coastal inhabitants and have been attributed with a variety of financial, social and artistic values.
-2/10/2021 9:02:29 AM
Red Envelopes on an iPhone
Red envelopes hongbao 红包 are used to gift money on special occasions. Real envelopes are still in use, but the digital version is now used more frequently and more broadly.
-1/28/2021 12:26:35 PM
Qing Imperial Ruyi
Ruyi, made of nephrite jade, decorated with flowers, bats, and a golden knot.
-1/28/2021 8:05:52 AM
Kintsugi tea bowl
White Satsuma ware tea bowl fixed with kintsugi style from the 17th century, Edo – Kagoshima, Japan.
1700s1/19/2021 9:01:30 PM
A loempia, measuring roughly 19cm in length, 7cm in width, and 4cm in height of deliciousness. This fried dish, filled with several vegetables and, sometimes, meat and egg, is an iconic dish in the Chinese-Indonesian restaurants.
-1/18/2021 8:23:55 PM
Standing Cup, 1550, mounts late 15th-early 16th century made in Padua (?) or Germany (?), shell carved in China.
1600s1/18/2021 4:48:30 PM
MC Hammer Doll
The MC Hammer celebrity doll was manufactured by Mattel in 1991. There are two versions, both wearing his signature Hammer pants.
19911/8/2021 6:45:42 AM
Species of mollusc. Latin name is Atrina pectinata.
-1/3/2021 7:29:23 PM
Objects from Hong Kong’s beaches
Ching Sze-Yin Cicy, From trash to treasure, test pieces, shells, mother of pearl, fish scale, found objects, silver, size variable.
20181/3/2021 2:23:21 PM
Sori Yanagi (1915-2011), Butterfly Stool. 1954-1956, rosewood-faced 5-ply plywood with brass cross-bar and metal fitting.
1954-195612/31/2020 2:36:12 PM
Shell Games Plaque
Mother-of-pearl plaque with the Schippers and Bartholomeussen coats of arms, Guangzhou, 1733, d 13 cm × h 0.2 cm.
173312/31/2020 6:52:38 AM
Planter with a Coral Deity
Sculpture of Kui Xing, coral, metal, kingfisher feathers, pearls, gemstones, Qing dynasty
1644-191112/29/2020 2:36:23 PM
Bowl of Pearls
Bowl of Pearls by Ai Weiwei, 2006, porcelain bowl from Jingdezhen and freshwater pearls, 43 cm by 100 cm.
200612/29/2020 9:08:33 AM
Cup. Nautilus pompilius, gilded and enameled silver, 27.8 cm x 8.5 cm.
1580-159012/28/2020 12:24:54 PM
Pair of Carved Shells
A pair of carved mother-of-pearl shells, depicting a village scene. Late Qing, circa 1870-1880. 20 cm (Width), 2 cm (Depth), 20 cm (Height) per shell.
ca 188012/23/2020 12:58:39 PM
The Glasgow Cookery Book
A revised copy of The Glasgow Cookery Book from 1940, which was given as a prize for excellency in the domestic sciences at a Dunoon grammar school in the early 1940s.
-12/23/2020 10:37:27 AM
Beast, shells, 19th century, 40,2 x 35,6 x 30 cm
1900s12/16/2020 2:53:18 PM
Japanese picnic set
This object is a Japanese picnic set dated to the Edo Period (1603-1868). It is made of lacquered wood and is decorated with fans, chrysanthemums and flowing water.
-12/10/2020 2:02:45 PM
Blue daopao 道袍, a traditional men’s gown in China, sold by Xianming Yijian Hanfu, an online shop onTaobao.
-12/10/2020 9:15:52 AM
Kimono with embroidery
This garment is a Japanese kimono, made of ramie plant fibers dyed in indigo and embroidered with white cotton thread. Made between 1880 and 1920.
1880-192012/3/2020 8:26:37 PM
Japanese vending machines
A couple of colorful drink dispensers in Tokyo, Japan.
-12/2/2020 9:35:40 PM
Rectangular piece (155 cm x 74 cm) of cloth from Suriname. Dark blue cotton fabric, set off with white thread, with 10 white appliquees that are sewn on.
-11/25/2020 11:54:37 AM
Blue sarpusu and bluing
A piece of blue fabric from Suriname and a block of compressed blue powder that makes white laundry crisp again.
-11/24/2020 8:28:57 PM
Lunchbox for children (弁当箱 bentohako) who attend nursery schools and kindergarten.
-11/24/2020 2:12:19 PM
Van Gogh’s Sterrennacht
The Starry Night, an oil painting made by Vincent van Gogh in 1889 depicting an impressionistic version of a city at night.
-11/22/2020 9:01:52 PM
Ozonja for Himba make-up
Container for the storage of red Himba body make-up called otjize. It is a mixture of ochre and cow fat which is applied by women of the Himba tribe in Namibia every day. The container is made of cow horns and leather.
-11/22/2020 8:14:50 AM
Instant rāmen in plastic cup with separate packets of flavoring powder in disolvable packaging
-11/16/2020 1:09:44 PM
The Herero Long Dress
‘Long Dress’ or ohorokweva onde. A colorful Victorian style dress worn on a daily basis by married women belonging to the Herero ethnic group in Namibia, Botswana, Angola, and South Africa.
200511/13/2020 4:03:18 PM
Rotisserie meat, vegetables, and sauces served in bread
-11/10/2020 8:53:05 PM
Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique
These are four fragments of Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique. Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique is a scenic panoramic wallpaper made in France between 1804 and 1805. It was designed by Jean-Gabriel Charvet and produced by Joseph Dufour et Cie.
1804-180511/9/2020 8:55:55 PM
Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer
The TR-909. The first drum machine to use sampling and synchronization. Introduced in 1983 by Audio Equipment Manufacturer Roland.
-11/6/2020 10:44:04 PM
Conch shell horn
A right-spiralling conch shell horn (Turbinella pyrum). Two holes on the lip have been made through which a cotton handgrip is attached. There is another hole at the top so it can be used as a trumpet.
-10/16/2020 7:07:47 AM
Minoan cup with Linear A
ca. 1700 BCE
Clay drinking cup with a Linear A inscription painted with sepia ink. Found at Knossos, Crete. Middle Minoan IIIa (ca. 1700 BCE).
ca. 1700 BCE10/12/2020 7:08:12 AM
Global teak chair
Chair made in Canton. Modeled on British Hepplewhite design.
ca. 179510/5/2020 6:57:00 PM
Tsuba with ship design
This sword guard is made of gold, silver and iron. It depicts a decoration of a ship, and dates to the late 18th or mid 19th century.
-10/2/2020 9:54:56 AM
Lucky Cat, a small cat statue used as decoration. It is said to bring in good fortune.
-9/22/2020 7:26:14 PM
Three small clay objects (ca. 5 cm.), two rectangular and one circular which are inscribed with various signs and depictions.
5300 BCE9/5/2020 8:48:25 PM
Korean Drum ‘Puk’
Korean Puk drum 22,5 x 35 cm with drum stick 39 cm. Drum is made of wood, covered with leather on both sides.
1800-18239/5/2020 10:52:50 AM
Pendant from the Aegina treasure
Gold pendant depicting a man standing on a base with flowers, each hand grasping a bird by the neck. Five pendant discs hang from the bottom. The exact origin of the pendant is unknown. It probably dates from around 1500-1700 BCE.
1850BC-1550BC9/3/2020 6:48:55 PM
Trojan horse by BP or not BP
8 February 2020
Photo taken in front of the British Museum, London, UK. 8th February 2020. Climate change protests against BP at the British Museum.
8 February 20209/2/2020 8:40:00 PM
Korean ceramic bowl Shibata
Ceramic bowl 7.1 cm high with a diameter of 4.8 cm. Made in Korea, later used in Japan as a tea bowl for tea ceremonies.
1600s8/30/2020 8:12:24 PM
Two covers of Nabokov’s Lolita
Two different editions of Nabokov’s Lolita, one from Amsterdam, 1978 (front) and the other from New York, 1958 (back).
-8/29/2020 3:18:00 PM
Princess of China Barbie Doll
Barbie as Qing princess. Wearing an interpretation of a Qing robe, Qing coiffure, and horse-hoof shoes.
20018/25/2020 2:36:15 PM
Obligatory chocolate box
Box filled with chocolate bars, marketed towards the tradition of obligatory chocolates (義理チョコ) during Valentine’s Day in Japan.
20208/21/2020 7:14:32 AM
Cixi by Katherine A. Carl
Oil painting of the Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后 (1835-1908) painted by Katherine A. Carl (1865–1938) in 1903 on a 297.2 × 173.4 cm canvas, framed in a camphor wood frame designed by Cixi.
19038/11/2020 1:11:49 PM
Qing Imperial Necklace
Freshwater pearl necklace. Worn by Qing royalty . Divided into four sections by four coral beads. A long string with heavy sapphires hangs down from the top, along with three short strings with ten jade beads each.
1760-18208/4/2020 9:47:39 PM
Qing summer hat
A cone shaped bamboo hat ornamented with a one-eyed peacock feather.
1900s7/28/2020 7:52:11 PM
Qing Guanyin with child
Seated Guanyin with a child, accompanied by the Dragon Daughter. h 34 cm, l 15 cm × w 7.6 cm
1700-17507/21/2020 8:22:11 PM
Matchlock Gun from Japan
Made of wood and steel, this matchlock gun features beautiful Japanese-style decorations of lotus flowers, clouds and a dragon. length 103.8 cm, barrel 73 cm, 3009 g.
late 1600s7/16/2020 12:53:43 PM
Qing bowl for American market
This 14.8 cm hight; 35.6 cm wide punch bowl is an example of export porcelain. It was made in China for the American market in 1784.
1785–18007/10/2020 8:02:43 PM
Qing chalice veil
Chinese traditional embroidery on a 58.4 x 58.4 cm satin weave chalice veil.
1800s7/6/2020 8:30:24 AM
Linear B palm-leaf shaped clay tablets
c. 1300 BCE
Clay tablets found on the island of Crete, at Knossos. The tablets have the shape of palm leaves.
c. 1300 BCE7/2/2020 3:19:54 PM
Shell with Hong Kong Harbor Scene
The polished surface of an 16.5 x 17.7 cm oyster shell painted with the image of Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbor.
1900s6/1/2020 8:19:09 PM
Qing queue with red hair extension
104 cm long Qing queue. Real hair with red cotton plaited in, ending in a red tassel. The cut-off end is kept together with a piece of rope.
1900s5/14/2020 6:49:17 PM
Nivkh fish skin robe
Nivkh women’s robe made of fish skin that was sown together. The left flap of the robe closes over the right flap and is fastened with buttons. The back of the robe is decorated, featuring a pattern consisting of spirals and images of birds.
1875-18985/4/2020 4:37:58 PM
Qing abstinence gourd
This is a 6.5 cm high gourd-shaped abstinence plaque. It is made of enamelled ceramic, imitating cloisonné ware. The plaque is rich in color and decoration and includes pink bats, fruit and flowering gourd tendrils.
1800s5/1/2020 3:13:04 PM
Qing abstinence plaque
Rectangular plaque made of green jade, carved as two facing dragons, their bodies framing a rectangular cartouche at the center with ‘abstinence’ inscribed in Manchu and Chinese.
1900s4/26/2020 11:26:18 AM
Olga Lobo in Living Room
This is a photo of Olga Lobo (1928) sitting in her living room in The Hague surrounded by the many objects that remind her of her family and of her homeland Suriname. In the image Ms. Lobo sits next to the mantel, holding a kotomisi doll.
20194/24/2020 9:39:52 PM
Dutch chiseled iron smallsword
A notable Dutch smallsword with a chiseled iron hilt, made around 1660-1665, most likely in the southern Catholic part of the Low Countries.
1660-16654/17/2020 5:28:45 AM
Qing empire elite army helmet
Helmet with indigo blue and yellow edged flaps and neckpiece. Rectangular steel plates are secured inside the fabric of the flaps with rivets that can be seen from the outside.
1800s4/16/2020 8:19:43 AM
Digital photograph of Peter Dekker
Picture showing Peter Dekker standing behind his desk in his office. He is surrounded by his collection of arms and armor, and shelves filled with books to carry out his research.