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19th Century Russian burak

19th Century Russian Burak Decorated with Cockerels

Waterproof container made from birch bark Read More

African Palm Wine Carrier

This beaded gourd from Cameroon would have contained palm wine Read More
Traditional Indian cotton fabric using natural dyes

Ajrakh, block printed fabric from Rajasthan

Traditional Indian cotton fabric using natural dyes Read More

Anglo Saxon Sword Pommel

Golden jewelled object from the 7th Century Read More
Australian Aboriginal spear thrower

Australian Aboriginal Spear Thrower

Multi-purpose gadget does it all Read More

Carved Coconut Head

Genuine or made for the tourist trade? Read More

Carved Ivory Tusks

Elaborately carved elephant's tusk from Benin, West Africa Read More
Carved wooden bird

Carved Pacific Bird

Wooden decoration from Papua New Guinea Read More
Detail of a carving of the Hindu God Garuda

Carving of the Hindu God Garuda

Also a national symbol of Thailand and Indonesia Read More

Chinese Pilgrim Bottle

Chinese Porcelain bottle from 1860 Read More
A pair of Chinese Snuff Bottles

Chinese Snuff Bottle

Decorative Qing Dynasty bottle elaborately painted on the inside Read More
Pad saddle

Cree Native American Saddle

Ceremonial Pad Saddle from the Day Star Reserve in Canada Read More
Sandalwood Hindu casket

Hindu Casket

Anglo-Indian crafts helped the British in India feel at home Read More
Gazelle Axe

Indian Gazelle Head Axe

19th Century Indian axe, beautifully cast with a gazelle head Read More
Iroquois Beaded Purse

Iroquois Beaded Purse

Made by Native North Americans for the tourist trade Read More
Japanese ivory carving

Japanese Ivory Carving

These okimono display Japanese carving skills to the world Read More
Japanese Samurai Armour

Japanese Samurai Armour

Protective suit to scare off the enemy Read More
Japanese Shrine or Butsudan

Japanese Shrine or Butsudan

A domestic shrine housing the Goddess of Mercy Read More
Japanese stencil design

Japanese Stencil Design

A Meiji stencil illustrating the legend of Urashima Taro Read More
Javanese Marriage Figures

Javanese Marriage Figures

Hindu figures help bring good luck to newly weds Read More
Killer whale souvenir plate

Killer Whale Souvenir Plate

How killer whales got their name Read More
  0 Detail of a Chinese embroidered Mandarin Square

Mandarin Square

19th Century Chinese Qing Dynasty Embroidery Read More
Maori War Canoe

Maori War Canoe

Model of a traditional Pacific Island vessel, or Waka Taua Read More
Minangkabau Bridal Headdress

Minangkabau Bridal Headdress

Cosume of silver, sheet foil, beads and cut-out love birds Read More
Paisley Silk Shawl

Paisley Silk Shawl

19th Century fashion item that inspired an industry Read More
Detail of a Persian Writing Box

Persian Writing Boxes

Communication before texts, typewriters and telegrams Read More
Detail of the Rudston Venus Mosaic

Rudston Venus Mosaic

From a 4thC Roman Villa discovered in East Yorkshire Read More
Sande Society rattle

Sande Society Rattle

Ceremonial rattle used by West African girls and women Read More
Zardozi robe detail

Sehyr Saigol Fashion

Zardozi Robe by Pakistani designer Sehyr Saigol Read More
Model Ship of the Dead

Ship of the Dead

Made by the Dayak peoples of Borneo to carry souls to the afterlife Read More
Indian Shisha Jacket

Shisha Jacket from Gujarat

Highly embroidered Indian textiles Read More
Knife with Sioux sheath

Sioux Indian Knife

A sheath made in North America by Sioux Indians Read More

Somali Beadwork

Showing the skill of artisans Read More
Tibetan Skull Cup

Tibetan Skull Cup

Holy item made from the bones of the dead Read More
Gold Viking Ring

Viking Ring

An important gold ring discovered by a farmer in Sedburgh Read More
West African Horse Headdress

West African Horse Headdress

African and Arabic cultures meet in Northern Nigeria Read More
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