The Living Cultures collection has been in great demand over the past several weeks. Most recently I’ve been preparing a loan of some of our Middle-Eastern metalwork, including a large ceremonial axe and highly decorated vessel, for the forthcoming exhibition at Johh Rylands library called Heroes and Kings: The Shahnama of Ferdowsi.
Irit Narkiss, a conservator here at the Manchester Museum, is busy preparing a box of objects to be taken out by volunteers to explore issues surrounding Darwin with community groups and museum visitors. The volunteers chose to include objects from places close to where Darwin visited during the voyage of the Beagle. From the Living Cultures collection they chose a Māori stone pestle from New Zealand and a small metal figure of a sun deity from Peru.
As of next week the Buddha will be back on open display in the reception area! The brand new mount has now been built and is awaiting the installation of the Buddha at some point next week.
Stephen Terence Welsh
Curator of Living Cultures