heart, love, secrets, box, memories, kabul, afghanistan, moesgaard, museum, ethnography, anthropology

Secrets of a metal heart

Someone, living in Kabul in the 1940s owned this little heart shaped box. I wonder what they kept in it. What secrets did the little metal heart keep safe? Maybe it belonged to a young woman, who kept her earrings and trinkets safe beneath its […]

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Strange decorations

What is this human need to decorate? Why can we not settle for the plain and practical? As soon as the early humans stuck their fingers in ash or ochre for the first time, and found out that it could be used to draw squiggly […]

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Capturing the moment: Into the unknown

This is one of my absolute favorites in the ethnographic photographic collections at Moesgaard Museum! Two men wandering in mountains. The scene has epic qualities. The two characters, the mountains half covered in mist. And the dog. Where did the dog come from? The two […]

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