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Animal Figure; Polar Bear

19th Century This is a carving of a polar bear in walrus ivory. It was created in North-America during the nineteenth century. Carvings such as these were used as toys or as amulets for protection. The polar bear is on display in the World Stories: Young Voices galler

Ear Ornament

20th Century These are three spur-shaped ear ornaments made from birds' beaks, including that of the Helmet Hornbill. Two of the ear ornaments are coloured red and one is yellow. They were made by a Dayak maker in Borneo during the early part of the twentieth century.


19th Century This is a necklace made of twenty six carnelian stone beads, five very rare old Dutch beads in red, white and blue, one green glass bead and two cylindrical beads of shell and stalactite. It was created by a Murut maker in North Borneo during the nineteen


19th Century This is a 'strike-a-light'; a portable device for creating sparks for lighting fires. It is formed of a curved rectangular metal pendant decorated with inset beads and a design of simulated snake skin. The metal attachment is suspended on a decoratively k


19th Century This colourful beaded apron was made in Guyana, South America by an indigenous maker. The apron has a diamond and cross design in blue, yellow, red and white beads. It has a tasselled fringe of beads and fibre strings. Originally women's aprons were made

George 'Joe' Back (1865-1942)

George Frederick Back (known as Joe), who worked on at Preston Manor as 'odd man' and night-watchman in the years before the First World War. Later he became a road foreman on the Stanford Estate in Brighton. He retired in 1932 and died in 1942, aged 77 y


19th Century This is a dagger made from the bone of a cassowary, a flightless bird similar to the ostrich or emu. The cassowary lives in tropical wetlands such as parts of Papua New Guinea, from where this dagger originates. The dagger was donated to Brighton Museum &


19th Century This is a pouch made from the skin of the neck of a rhea; a South American bird related to the ostrich. Because it is made from the neckskin there are no side seams and only one edge is sewn with red thread. The top of the pouch has a fold-over flap. The


19th Century This is a necklace formed of twenty-eight Great Anteater claws. The Great Anteater lives in parts of South America. It uses its large, sharp claws as weapons of defence and to open the hard earth mounds of termites and ants. The claws have been pierced th

Snuff Container

19th Century This snuff box represents a cow or bull with long horns. It is made of sinew or hide scrapings mixed with earth and blood and moulded over a clay core. The hide is then pulled into small points to create a textured surface. Between the horns is an opening

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