World Cultures

World Cultures

The World Cultures collection is closely linked to the history of the Ulster Museum and primarily covers material from the Arctic, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania (including Australia and New Zealand). Every object tells a story not only of the person who made or used it but also of the person who collected it.

Objects in the collection include baskets, masks, figures, tools and weapons, clothing and jewellery. One of the rarest items in the collection is a tapa cloth figure from Easter Island, which was recently displayed at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra alongside one of only two other known examples in the world.

In light of the decolonisation agenda within museums the implementation of a new approach to these collections is a priority for National Museums NI. We aim to be open and collaborative in our actions, to include multiple perspectives and encourage dialogue.

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TAPA; Cloak : Tapa

TAPA; Cloak : Tapa

Yellowish tapa with stamped ferns and flower decoration in red around the edge and intermittently overall....

Idol : Buddha

Idol : Buddha

Painted wooden figure of robed Buddha with flame finial. Shown in dhyana mudra (associated with meditation by the Buddha prior to Enlightment and with...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Attractive coil woven basket with unusual decoration. There are four vertical bands of diverging black arrowheads bordering a W design in brown and on...

MASK

MASK

Carved from single piece of light coloured wood, thinly painted white, black ornamentation on cheeks, eyes and lips, carved fringe round forehead...

Bowl

Bowl

Conventional border design punched with blunt instrument, made by natives from ammunition shell cases....

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Strongly made coil woven hat with decoration consisting of five vertical panels of black, containing inverted reddish brown arrowheads, interspersed w...

Mask

Mask

Wooden mask painted blue with red lips and black moustache and eyebrows. The nostrils and ears are red. Masks like these were worn by secret dancing s...

Figure

Figure

Clothing carved to represent long robes, exaggeration of length of head and narrowness of face. Hands clasped in front of body holding what appears to...

CAN; Tea Can; Urn

CAN; Tea Can; Urn

Lidded metal container decorated cover in white, red, blue and black beads. 'Beads have been used both as currency and as jewellery since earliest tim...

Kachina doll

Kachina doll

Painted carved figure, sometimes called a doll. White and red ear pieces, pointed nose, holding a staff and rattle....

Arquebus stock; ramrod; lead shot

Arquebus stock; ramrod; lead shot

'Complete wooden stock of an arquebus (the lighter of the two forms of hand-gun); with it is its ramrod, 847mm lenght, and the lead ball found in the ...

Cook's third voyage

Cook's third voyage

Cook Atlas, second volume, constisting of maps and engraved illustrations. The Cook atlases cover the three epic voyages of Captain james Cook in the ...

King George III

King George III

This is one of a pair of whale scrimshaw teeth showing a have full-length portrait of George III (1760 – 1820) holding a crown and sceptre. The illust...

Ring

Ring

'Badly crushed gold ring; the bezel, now empty, had a setting for a single stone, the edges with pellet-decoration'. Flanagan, L. 'Ireland's Armada L...

Horse Trapping

Horse Trapping

Rope made of a number of fine silk cords with 13 silver plates suspended belowsed decoration. Silver knobs and long red silk cord at each end....

Sword

Sword

Sword, throwing Knife Sudan....

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

coil woven basket with design of chevron and open lozenge in black....

CHAIN; Gold chain

CHAIN; Gold chain

'Simple gold chain of 407 links, each 10mm long, of 2.5mm thick, gold wire, butt-jointed'. Flanagan, L. 'Ireland's Armada Legacy' (1988) p.193...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with lightning pattern of solid brown in five units. One small row of yellow in each unit. Rim and base damaged and worn....

Frontlet

Frontlet

Wooden frontlet of hawk gripping the head of a beaver. There are holes along the top for feathers or walrus whiskers but these are now missing. Two po...

CHAIN; Gold chain

CHAIN; Gold chain

'Heavy gold chain consisting of 136 links, 13mm long, of 2mm thick gold wire, butt- jointed; some of the joints are slightly open'. Flanagan, L. 'Irel...

Basket : Bottleneck

Basket : Bottleneck

Coil woven bottleneck basket with rattlesnake pattern in brown and black on cream....

TAPA; Cloth : tapa figure

TAPA; Cloth : tapa figure

Small figure made from a vegetable fibre core within a sewn casing of tapa cloth. The figure has a large head and attenuated body. It is seated with t...

Cradle

Cradle

Strongly-made boat-shaped carrying cradle in imbricated basketwork. The sides are decorated with black and cream and red dyed cane and the carrying st...

Hat

Hat

Coil woven basket with three rows of lozenge design in brown at the rim....

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