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A portable life: Bedouin cradle

Imagine not having a permanent home. Or, try to imagine being at home wherever you are. It can be quite a hard exercise for many of us, who live in our houses and apartments, surrounded by our stuff, travelling the same paths to work, to […]

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In Other Shoes – Turkish Slippers

Modern and yet traditional – check out these Turkish Slippers! “Turkish slippers. Given to me on February 8th 1958 by M.E. Hovmand Hansen, who had acquired them in 1934 from a group of Greek sailors on board a steamboat called Pirdus. The slippers are modern. […]

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Chest – Afghanistan

Check out this beautiful Afghan chest! It was collected by botanist Lennart Edelberg in 1948 who participated in the third Central Asian expedition, in which a group of Danish scientists travelled to a number of different Central Asian countries to gather information on the nomadic […]

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Crocheted Hat – Bahrain

Here’s a little something from the highest nobility of a very small country! Back in the 1950’s, Ole Brande-Lavridsen was endowed with a full Bahraini outfit, given to him by the ruler himself – Sheik Sulman bin Hamed al Khalifa, whose descendants are still leading […]

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Pillar – Afghanistan

Pillar with carvings of the goddess Sülmech riding on a ram. The pillar belongs to the Kafir period from before the Emir of Kabul forced the eastern part of Afghanistan to convert to Islam, which means that it is at least 100 years old, the […]

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Tinderbox – Afghanistan

Would you have guessed what this is, if we hadn’t given it away in the title? Resembling a wallet more than an actual box, this 66-year old item was in fact used to kindle fires in mid-20th century Afghanistan. Appearing strikingly primitive with its iron plate, meant […]

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Coffee Pot – Syria

How do you take your coffee? Traveling the world of coffee, I bet you’ll find more different styles of brewing and serving than you could possibly have imagined. Customs vary tremendously from country to country, and are of course also influenced by personal preferences. Zooming […]

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Wooden chair – Afghanistan

It’s time to let your imagination run wild! Since the information from our collection does not tell us much about this chair that we cannot observe simply by looking at it, why don’t we free our minds from facts and devote a few minutes to […]

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