All human societies have their traditions of body modification. At the simplest this may involve washing and oiling the skin, cutting hair, etc. At the most complex, this may involve shaping the head and cutting patterns deep into the skin. The displays at the Museum and this website are designed to illustrate some of the many ways in which people around the world have modified their bodies, and to offer some explanations for why they have done so.
The site is organised in the same way as the displays themselves. There are sections here on 'Temporary Arts', such as make-up and glitter, 'Permanent Arts', such as piercing and tattooing, and 'Lifecycle Arts', such as ornaments for marriage and mourning.
Some thing for every body: letting loose the Museum's cross-cultural collections of body arts and ornaments