Art (world gallery - additional information)


All over the World Gallery, and from various parts of the world, works of art in many different forms, styles and materials, including sculpture, performances, dance and music have been collected and are displayed by the Horniman.

We can find examples of expressing and communicating one’s own identity in the aboriginal shields, where the fine-line carving and ochre painting are linked to the owner’s clan’s dreaming in Australia.

Regional identities found in Polish paper cuts, which were fixed to the walls of village houses, show scenes such as weddings, flax preparation and animals in the barns.

Temsuyanger Longkumer – who grew up in Nagaland, India – shares in his self-portraits the tattoos of his forefathers, in his piece called Tattooed Memory. There are also examples of art works in the gallery that have been created for the specific purpose of being passed down through generations. The skills and techniques, for example, of carvers and weavers from the Northwest Coast peoples are key to maintaining and teaching practices to younger generations.

New pieces have been commissioned by the Horniman for the World Gallery that include artwork made by Nigerian designer Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman or the Ikiribati helmet by artist Chris Charteris.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

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