All posts tagged: collections

nisse, elf, christmas, santa claus, jul, julemand, moesgaard museum, ethnography, etnografi, antropologi, momu, jul

Beware the angry elf!

Who says Christmas has to be this happy time, where everybody revels in candles, presents, and family comfort, and where you might meet a jolly Father Christmas accompanied by a helpful elf in every department store and kindergarten across the land. Looking at the little […]

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sami, sapmi, lapland, finland, sweden, norway, reindeer, hat, winds, four winds hat, shaman, legend,

The four winds hat

Take a look at this colourful specimen of a hat. It’s quite something, isn’t it? It is tall, colourful, and quite unlike any other hat I have ever seen. It was collected in 1963 among the Sámi population of Kautokeino, Norway. The Sámi are an […]

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Palestine, dress, embroidery, fashion, ethnography, moesgaard museum, collections, colour, color, fashion

Threadened history: Palestinian dress

Threads in green, yellow, red, blue, pink, orange, all colours imaginable. Stitched into massive and connected patterns covering almost the entirety of the dark dress. Hands working over the fabric and the elegant embroidery thread for hours, days, years to make the dress more than […]

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Switzerland, sandals, shoes, feet, ethnography, anthropology, tuxen, collections, shoe collection

Free the feet! Swiss wooden sandals

A major Danish newspaper recently released a dress code, warning their employees not to get overly casual in order to survive the unusually warm May, we’ve had. No shorts or tank tops, no dresses above the knee. To us, sun-unaccustomed Danes, who complain when it […]

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frederik IX, tattoos, decoration, tatoveringer, denmark, royal, moesgaard museum, solomon islands,

Pain and expression: Solomon Island tattoo kit

I find tattoos immensely fascinating. From the earliest definitive example of tattoos (Ötzi the 5.000 year old Iceman), to Julius Cesar’s accounts of the painted Gauls, and Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s descriptions of the Scandinavian Rus and their intricately decorated bodies. All right, these last two […]

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Artefact lottery: Pointy hat from Kazakhstan

So, today I figured, to Hell with long-winded and well thought through blog posts! Instead, I decided to do a little ‘artefact lottery’: I would close my eyes, scroll through our database, click on something random, and that was to be the subject of my […]

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