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World Cultures

The Museum’s collections include objects that offer tantalising glimpses of worlds we can only imagine. These were acquired by people travelling and working abroad.

The objects show the skills, crafts and traditions of different regions, with many items of a religious or ‘ritual’ nature. Some are now extremely rare like the strange looking ‘tapa cloth’ figure from Easter Island.

The World Cultures objects are arranged by the area in which they were collected and include material from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific.

Several of the displays in the Ulster Museum highlight these collections. In particular, the spectacular treasures of the Spanish Armada and archaeological material from ancient Egypt - including of course the Museum’s mummy.

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Mask : Ekpo

Mask : Ekpo

Ekpo Society mask. This wooden mask shows a head ring (Idiong) of the higher ranks of the Ekpo society....

Fan

Fan

Hawaiian fan of typical curved form made from tightly woven pandanus leaf. A pattern of human hair and red and purple wool is woven into the handle po...

Carved Wooden Figure

Carved Wooden Figure

Carved and painted wooden spirit figure painted blue, white, brown and black. The carving style with helmet-like hair, head sunk low into the shoulde...

Hat

Hat

Hat for married Zulu woman Just as a wedding ring indicates married status in European countries, Zulu women of South Africa wear this style of hat a...

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...

Gourd Receptable

Gourd Receptable

Black and white incised decoration, scrolls, crosses, cut out and closely fitting, 13 pointed lid, one point wanting...

Bag : food gathering

Bag : food gathering

Food gathering bag woven from wool and wild hemp grass in bright geometric patterns of blue, pink, green, red and yellow...

Hat : basketwork

Hat : basketwork

Coil woven hat with five units of vertical arrowhead pattern in brown and black....

Pipe head

Pipe head

Pipe head, four rows of knobs, ten in each row, belonged to King Dingaan of the Zulu....

Figure

Figure

Representing Taiwo one of the JuJu gods, standing on circular base, head carved and face wood and bead, bracelets worn. When twins are born in Nigeria...

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

Fairly crudely made coil woven basket with rather untidy design in brown and black stepped rectangles. One row of red wool on shoulder....

Basket : hat

Basket : hat

Coil woven hat with five units of lightning pattern in black, from 'Sallie, daughter of last Chief of George Creek Indians'....

Bowl

Bowl

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

Basket : Bottleneck

Basket : Bottleneck

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

Basket : bottleneck

Basket : bottleneck

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

Figure

Figure

Representing IBO one of the JuJu gods, standing on circular base, head carved to show conical form of head dress, bead ornaments worn on neck, arm and...

STOOL

STOOL

Carved round wooden stool with round base and seat supported by carved wooden figures with arms raised and hands touching, carved heads in between, C4...

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....

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...

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 ...

MOUNT; Gold mount

MOUNT; Gold mount

' Very small frame from the inside of a mount, with little triangular gold teeth.' Flanagan, L. 'Ireland's Armada Legacy' (1988) p.197...

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 ...

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...

Mount

Mount

'Composite oval mount, consisting of a heavy gold frame, with relief-decoration at the top, bottom and sides, inside which has been soldered a raised ...

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...

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