Family (world gallery - additional information)


Everywhere you look, you can see objects and themes that relate to family and kinship woven into the World Gallery.

As a visitor to the World Gallery, you will find evidence of kinship--patterns of social relationships--in the merrymaking of feasting around a wiki:world_gallery:layered_info:to_do:text:christmas_table|Swedish table at Christmas time or in a sewn cushion that was made for an English sweetheart.

In a museum, the connections between a material object on a shelf in a glass cabinet and the very alive concept of kinship could be considered less tangible. The collections that have been grouped and displayed together, however, certainly express those common characteristics that bind related communities and/or families.

Groups of people with defined patterns of social relationships connect to each other through their shared experiences, knowledge and insights into the function, style and material of these objects that are on display.

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The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive.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.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: