Month: April 2015

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Ancestor Skull – Papua New Guinea

Quite frankly, we were a little spooked by this item! Even more so when we discovered that beneath the layers of clay and paint, is the real human skull of a specifically important ancestor of the Sepik province in Papua New Guinea. According to Jens […]

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Savi Mask – Papua New Guinea

We know, right? The second you realized what is actually emerging from the mouth of this mask, you probably had a small twitch? We certainly did! And so, according to the Iatmul people of Papua New Guinea, do the evil powers of ancestral and natural […]

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In Other Shoes – Icelandic leather shoes

These fine leather shoes were the very first pair in the impressive collection of shoes, consisting of more than 250 pairs of shoes gathered from all around the world by Danish zoologist Søren Ludvig Tuxen. These particular shoes were sewed by Mrs. Björg Kravan, who […]

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S. L. Tuxen’s Shoe Collection

“I love worn shoes as well as new ones, perhaps even more, because they show you that they have been of use to someone.” Spoken like a true shoe-fetishist, you might be surprised to learn that these words were written by a Danish zoologist 1957 […]

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