All posts filed under: Asia

cannon, malaysia, ceremony, ethnography, moesgaard museum, collections, momu, anthropology

Ceremonial cannon

Can we just talk about how awesome this cannon is? It is not that big – about 67 centimetres in length – but that is actually one of the great things about it. Because cannons are usually these gigantic beasts, but this one you can […]

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samurai, sword, armour, japan, museum, collection, moesgaard, ethnography, aarhus

A Museum Tale: Samurai Garbs

The readers will have to excuse the author for being even more of a nerd than usual. But in museum ethnography and some part of anthropology, the explanatory powers of objects are being explored these years. I just read a book a couple of weeks […]

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jens bjerre, love, nut, papua new guinea, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Nuts about love?

You know the feeling. The feeling of being young and in love. Life is golden sunshine and you want to embrace the whole world and all living creatures in it. Beauty pervades everything. You cannot think clearly – and you don’t care! All you think […]

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shadows, indonesia, puppet, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Shadow play: The Wayang Kulit

The shadows on the wall are dancing in the dim light coming from several candles. Despite the questionable rigidness, it moves effortlessly across the stage. For a moment its facial expression seems to change, and the shadow seems alive. Though the audience knows that the […]

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afghanistan, tinder box, moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Tinderbox, Afghanistan

“What is old junk to you, can be another’s treasure.”                                                                           Winnie-the-Pooh For children and adults alike, Winnie-the-Pooh is a rewarding acquaintance. I was reading a story to my sons the other day, where Winnie is about to trash an old honey jar, but ends up […]

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