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Wodaabe Dagger – Niger

The nomadic tribe of Wodaabe, “under the taboo of purity”, travel the Southern edge of Sahara as cattle-herders. Renown for the cultivation of beauty, the Woodabe believe themselves to be the most beautiful people in the world! This dagger, produced by a Hausa smith, was […]

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In Other Shoes – Serbian Opanci Shoes

Impressive handcraft here offers an example of traditional Serbian footwear – Tuxen’s sparse notes teach us how to pronounce “opanci”: Serbian opanci shoes. Bought for me on October 3rd 1957, in Belgrade for the price of 1400 dinars by officer Johannesen’s wife. These are new and […]

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God Idol – Nepal

Almost resembling some kind of fable animal, this statue wasn’t actually meant to look as scary as it does! The lack of a clear and visible face is the result of years of wear and tear by physical contact with people’s hands. Originally, the statue […]

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In Other Shoes – Chinese Children’s Shoes

From traditional lotus shoes to these ballerinas, Tuxen’s shoe collection also contained children’s footwear of Asian traditions. Read his notes to learn which insect the shoes are meant to resemble: “Chinese children’s shoes. Bought on September 12th, 1957, by antiques salesman Suude in Copenhagen for 20 Danish […]

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In Other Shoes – Icelandic “Rodskor”

Resembling the very first pair of shoes Tuxen collected, Icelandic shoes took up a spacial place in his final collection: Icelandic “rodskor”. Given to me on October 10th, 1957, by Mrs. Gudrun Bjørnsdottir, Reykjavik, who made them for me from a piece of tanned catfish skin. These are coloured […]

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Woodabe Straw Hat – Niger

If he were to say so himself, this hat belonged to one of the most beautiful men in the world! A Wodaabe nomad. In the Sahel area of Niger, along the Southern edge of Sahara, a controversial tribe of Fulani origin is renowned for their […]

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In Other Shoes – Russian Velvet Boots

One of the true mysteries in Tuxen’s collection where these boots, which actually turned out to be socks! Read Tuxen’s own notes and reflections on the pair here: Russian velvet boots. Bought for me at the price of one pound, by antiquarian P. Kinch, during […]

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In Other Shoes – Mandingo Leather Sandals

Nigerian handcraft here offers an example of an African pair of slippers – here are Tuxen’s sparse notes on this pair: “Mandingo sandals from Nigeria, bought for the price of 20 Danish Crowns from antiquity trader Suude in Copenhagen, on September 12th 1957. No further information. Six […]

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Yukagir Spirit Figure – Siberia, Russia

Looking at this figure, what creature would you think it represents? Man? Animal? Both? Collected in 1999 by Rane Willerslev, during his fieldwork in the blistering cold of Siberia, this figure tells the story of an important link in the complex process of the Yukagir hunters’ preparation for killing […]

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In Other Shoes – Turkish Harem Shoes

At first we had difficulty in recognizing these as shoes, but after a closer look the design started making sense (notice they are placed on a mirror in the photograph). They are merely elevated slippers made from wood, and beautifully decorated! Wearing them, we imagine quite […]

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