zaterdag 2 februari 2013

A visit to the ethnographic museum in Leiden

Haida Costumes

 "Now, one of the peculiar characteristics of the savage in his domestic hours, is his wonderful patience of industry. An ancient Hawaiian war-club or spear-paddle, in its full multiplicity and elaboration of carving, is as great a trophy of human perseverance as a Latin lexicon. For, with but a bit of broken sea-shell or a shark's tooth, that miraculous intricacy of wooden net-work has been achieved; and it has cost steady years of steady application." - Herman Melville (Moby Dick)

Chinese print with the carved boards it was made with.

Chinese terracotta figures

Chinese garment [bureaucracy style]

From block to figurine,click to enlarge
200+ year old Japanese bronze

Quipu

Eskimo Masks

Amazonian headdress, much larger than I thought they would be.

Another 200+ year old Japanese bronze

Hopi painting

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