We asked Lydia, who works in our central office what her favourite Horniman object was - she chose the whole Centenary Gallery.
The Centenary Gallery houses more than 1,000 artefacts from cultures and civilisations across the world.
'What is your favourite object?'
I think I have a favourite gallery, rather than a favourite object. The Centenary Gallery is my favourite.
'Why is it your favourite gallery?'
It’s just the whole atmosphere in here that I like. It feels very different to all the other galleries in the museum. It feels peaceful and calm in here. The lighting makes a big difference to the whole atmosphere.
'What are the objects are you most drawn to?'
I like the ‘Reliefs in Alhambra style’ as they remind me of the architecture in Beijing because of the tiles and patterns. I went to Beijing recently and I really liked the amazing buildings which were so old but very well preserved. I was amazed by the details and their sheer beauty. I found the reds, golds and greens very beautiful. I also like the objects in the Tibetan shrine in this gallery.
'Is there anything you would like to have in your home?
If I had something it would probably be a statue or a mask. Although, I do like the Gope Boards from Papua New Guinea. They are painted wooden ritual objects. I really like the colours which would fit perfectly in my home! I’d probably just have a couple; I wouldn’t want all of them that would be too much.