I visited the museum this morning and wanted to share with any one who will listen how great it is. I always go straight to the medicine man collection a fantastic visual education, with the perfectly picked, life and death symbols from history. From memento mori to phallic amulets there are so many fascinating and weird objects, so thought I would share a few faves.
Half dead, half alive, often these models and paintings are depicted as the rich and imply that death strikes all.
'seen as either the end of a journey or the beginning of a new one. Death has always been a vital concern to the living'
Reliquary Chest- A reliquary 'bear ones petitions directly to god'
Peruvian mummified male c. 1200- 1400
A great mix of amulets.
I would love to own these.
The display of the artificial limbs looks like a Victorian invention in itself. Some really intricate and decorative limps and some simple wooden carved ones.
I would love to have visited Henry Wellcome's house!
Just had to share this too! A nudist cycling outing! Brilliant!