These are the typical type of Kikuyu earrings worn by initiated young girls and women.
This ear ornament is made of a short copper chain with a single large old blue handmade Venetian glass bead.
Lip plugs are worn by both men and women after initiation, but is a matter of choice.
Leaf-shaped earrings like these are worn by Turkana women.
The English word ‘tattoo’ comes from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ - ‘to inflict wounds’.
Ground black basalt head set into a wooden haft with coconut fibre bindings, some missing.
Originally adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Adzes of this kind were a form of god image, possibly related to Tane-mata-ariki.
Highly polished blade of volcanic stone.
The hard, glassy volcanic lava from which this adze is made might be from New Zealand’s North Island.
This is a ground and polished stone axe head from Canada.
This carved adze haft has eyes made from paua shell.
Made from basalt (manutea), this hogback adze (toki) is common to eastern Polynesia and would have been used to fell tress and carve canoes.
It is said that adze stones (emoa) were acquired from the sea bottom.
Highly skilled carvers effectively used stone adzes (toki) to build large canoes and other sculptures.
Wood carvers were of noble birth and experts who were in great demand often travelling widely to build canoes, stores and meeting houses.
“He iti te toki e rite ana ki te tangata.
“Ahakoa he iti he pounamu” is a Maori proverb (whakatauki) which means “although it is small it is precious.
This is the cord from a German parachute mine dropped on St Loyes Estate, Exeter, on 28th November 1940.
TTNCM : 178/2009
This replica of the Alfred jewel was made by Payne and Sons of Oxford for the Millenium celebrations of King Alfred in 1901.
This Anderson shelter was used in Woodville Road, St Thomas, Exeter during the Second World War.
Diatoms on a microscope slide from the collection of WB Carpenter, prepared by WA Firth.
A freeze-dried toad.
Common frog freeze dried and varnished.
This frog has been dissected and preserved in spirit.
This frog has been preserved in spirit and suspended by a loop of monofilament.
This tiny tree frog has been suspended in alcohol using a loop of thread.