Works of Pride

In the 21st Century, consumers purchase items from well-known brands and companies which are designed to breakdown and need replacing, but items weren't always designed this way. For centuries craftsmen made functional, well designed objects out of durable materials. They also invested an enormous amount of man hours not only in the making and perfecting of the object, but also in the designs and patterns that adorn the surface of the object. The artefacts featured in the exhibition are worthy of the name masterpiece as they are functional, highly artistic and showcase superior craftsmanship. This exhibition presents works of different cultures worldwide and spans from ancient times to the early twentieth century. The media varies and features textiles, pottery, precious metals and more. These works possess a unique history or narrative behind the ornamental design and use of each object. Many of the artisans who made these objects are unknown, but their work is strong enough to be shown next to items of the well known. The fact that many of these items have lasted so long is a testament to the dedication these artisans had to their craft. These objects are symbols of pride for their makers.   

This hunting horn is carved from a single piece of elephant tusk. The carvings feature scrolls with animal and bird figures and their profiles are flat on a raised surface.
This "Berlock" is a decorated pendant and was part of a woman's necklace. It is an example of Germanic goldsmithing and is thought to have been made from melted down gold coins.
This Silver brooch depicts abstract animal representations. It is from a collection of rare garment clasps as only 10 are known to exist. It is believed that they were buried to honour the gods.
Pottery is one of Japan's oldest art forms. "Sgraffito" is Latin meaning "scratch". This technique scratches the surface of the clay to reveal a different colour of clay underneath.
This Ottoman robe is made of silk and gilt metal threads. The decorative design and colours used often indicated the wearer's rank. In this case the yellow silk on the sleeves is the result of a later repair.
Made of wood, lacquer, gold leaf, metal, embossed paper and with great attention to detail.This entire surface of the storage chest has been adorned. "Hasamibako" indicated that it is of Japanese origin.
Modelled after the famous Faberge Eggs, this egg is also from Russia and is an example from the Art Nouveau period. It stands 90mm in height and is made of silver decorated with cloisonné enamel.
William Morris was an English architect, designer, craftsman and theorist. This is a printed furnishing textile on navy blue cotton. The name of this design "Wandle" comes from the river stream where dyeing fabric was a common practice.
Primarily worn as a symbol of identity, wealth and status, this was worn by men and women of aboriginal descent. Wearing several bags indicated the individual was a leader or a person of high honour.
Emily Carr studied Aboriginal culture, art and the landscape. She spent most of her life on the coast of British Columbia, where she died in 1945. This lamp features carved and painted surfaces as well as Aboriginal animal symbolism.
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