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African Palm Wine Carrier

This beaded gourd from Cameroon would have contained palm wine Read More
Alorese bronze drum

Alorese Bronze Drum

Indonesian drums as marriage payments Read More
Ancient Egyptian Funerary Boat

Ancient Egyptian Funerary Boat

A wooden boat associated with death customs Read More
Medieval aquamanile ram jug

Aquamanile Ram Jug

Medieval water carrier used for religious ceremonies 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
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
Ceremonial Adze from the Cook Islands

Ceremonial Adze

A stone-headed wood-working tool from the Cook Islands Read More
Chinese shoes for women with bound feet

Chinese Shoes of Pain

The custom of breaking and binding feet in China Read More

Chinese Tabard from the Qing Dynasty

Symbol of Chinese women's status Read More
Chinese Tiger Shoes

Chinese Tiger Shoes

Pair of children’s shoes designed in the image of a tiger Read More
Coffin case of the mummy Nesyamun

Egyptian Mummy

The Mummy of Nesyamun who lived in Thebes, Egypt, over 3,000 years ago Read More
Egyptian mummy eye

Egyptian Mummy Eye

The eye from an Egyptian mummy statue Read More
Carved faience pendant of the warrior goddess of ancient Egypt

Egyptian Sekhmet Pendant

Carved faience of the warrior goddess of ancient Egypt Read More
Russian peasant emnbroidery of Mokosh

Embroidery of the Russian Goddess Mokosh

Ritual linen towel used in marriage and childbirth Read More
Funeral cake marker

Funeral Cake Markers

Locally made hand carved wooden stamp used to decorate funeral cakes Read More
Japanese Shrine or Butsudan

Japanese Shrine or Butsudan

A domestic shrine housing the Goddess of Mercy Read More
Javanese Marriage Figures

Javanese Marriage Figures

Hindu figures help bring good luck to newly weds Read More
Ceramic vessel moulded in shape of Roman Empress Julia Domna

Julia Domna Head Pot

A vessel moulded in the shape of the wife of Roman Emperor Severus Read More
Detail of a Maori feather cloak

Maori Feather Cloak

A Maori feather cloak, traditionally made by women for Maori chiefs Read More
Minangkabau Bridal Headdress

Minangkabau Bridal Headdress

Cosume of silver, sheet foil, beads and cut-out love birds Read More
Ibibio puppet

Nigerian Ibibio Puppets

Social sculptures for democratic change Read More
Pacific face mask

Pacific Islands Mask

Pacific Island carved and painted wooden face mask Read More
Roman skull with grave goods and jewellery

Roman Skeleton's Jewellery

Young woman buried with her jewellery Read More
Roos Carr figures

Roos Carr Figures

Carved figures made from Yew by a Celtic warrior 2600 years ago 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
Seagull heart with pins sticking in it

Seagull Heart with Pins

A charm thought to ward off evil witches' spells Read More

Serapis Dedication Tablet

Evidence of a Roman temple in York 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
Ice Age deer skull

Star Carr Deer Antlers

Deer skull with antlers from the last Ice Age 8,000 BC Read More
The Middleham Jewel

The Middleham Jewel

A priceless pendant with magical properties Read More
Tibetan Skull Cup

Tibetan Skull Cup

Holy item made from the bones of the dead Read More
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