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1886.15.1 Burmese wooden frame and gongs in the Court of the Pitt Rivers Museum. Donated by M.V. PortmanMuseum photograph of 1886.15.1, a Burmese musical instrument, in the Court of the museumOur thanks to Malgosia Nowak-Kemp, Collections Manager, Department of Zoology, Oxford University Museum for Natural History [OUMNH], for facilitating the transcription of this presentation book and providing us with many helpful suggestions.

Transcription of the first accessions register (known as the Presentation Book) for the Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy. The first entry dates from 1883, or shortly before the donation of the founding collection had been agreed in 1884 and before the founding collection arrived in Oxford during 1885. It is a red-backed volume, which looks as if it has been bound from the start. Several labels are stuck on to the front as well as the title one (indeed that looks as if it were added later). One reads ‘Book’ another ‘Presentation Book’ and the third ‘Specimens obtained by donation, exchange [illegible]’. Inside the front cover it reads ‘Anatomical Department / Museum / Oxford’ as with  heading used on departmental letter heading. There are no presentation books earlier than this, so there are no written list of what was obtained before 1883 by Rolleston of an anthropological nature. This book lists items from 1883 on which were accessioned by the Department of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy but the extracts below only list those items of anthropological interest. In other words the handwritten lists also contain natural history specimens and human remains. The transcription ends in 1888 (though the volume contents continue) as that is the first year that the Pitt Rivers Collection (which it is clear from this volume was seen as part of the Department of Anatomy of the Oxford University Museum between 1883 and 1887) first produced its own annual report. Between 1883 (the first published Annual Report for the Oxford University Museum, written department by department), and 1888  anthropological donations were listed separately but as part of the Department of Anatomy. Please note, however, as the notes in red and italics note below, that not all the anthropological donations in each year were listed (more are listed in the Pitt Rivers Collection own accession registers now held by the Pitt Rivers Museum). In addition, there are some items listed in the following accounts which are still (in 2012) not listed in the Pitt Rivers Museum accession registers. These were either never transferred to the Pitt Rivers Museum or still lie hidden in some inaccessible part of a store-room unaccessioned.

Note that in 1886-1887 the University undertook a wholesale rationalisation of its university collections, which entailed many transfers between museums, between the University Museum and the Pitt Rivers Collection / Museum (mostly prehistoric and ethnographic items coming to the Pitt Rivers Museum), Ashmolean Museum to the Pitt Rivers Collection (ditto) and the University Museum to the Ashmolean Museum (mostly archaeological collections). This is a little understood period of time for the museum collections at the University of Oxford and one the researchers on this project hope to find out more about and clarify.

Items in red are the accession numbers for the objects today, in the Pitt Rivers Museum (and in one example, the Ashmolean Museum). The one exception of an item being sent to the Ashmolean Museum in 1886 which had previously been classified as 'anthropological' by the University Museum is interesting. It is not clear why this object was treated differently.

Please see the Rolleston papers for more information about ethnographic artefacts obtained by him before 1883 for the University Museum.

Department of Zoology & Comparative Anatomy. Presentation Book Vol. 1 1883-1948

[Handwritten entries]

... 1883 …

Bronze axe head from Hissarlik Temple A. City No. 2 Presented by Dr Schliemann [Transferred to Ashmolean: AN1886.6543 or AN1896-1908 AE.342]

[Printed sheet glued into book, extract from 1883 OUMNH annual report, headed] ‘Donations to the University Museum

The following is a List of the Donations which have been made to the University Museum, Oxford, during the year 1883:-

Anatomy and Zoology

… [4 separate collections listed]


Bronze axe head from Hissarlik Temple A 2nd city. Heinrich Schliemann, Esq. Hon. D.C.L. Oxon.; Athens [AN1886.6543 or AN1896-1908 AE.342]

Six Crania from mediaeval Cemetery in Herzegovina Arthur Evans Esq., M.A. F.S.A. Brasenose College [Probably retained in OUMNH]

Collection of Hindu Carpenter’s Tools. Edward A. Reade Esq., C.B. Ipsden House, Wallingford [1887.9.1 and on, for some reason not listed as being transferred in 1886 with everything else]

Series of specimens of native Pottery from British Guiana, seven pieces Everard F. Im Thurn Esq, Magistrate Pomeroon District, British Guiana, through W.T. Thiselton Dyer, Esq, F.R.S. Royal Gardens, Kew

Two “crusie” lamps from Scotland. J.G. Garson, Esq., M.D. Royal College of Surgeons London [See 2002.102.1]

Esquimaux stone lamp, spear-thrower, and game; Cree Indian amulet Walton Haydon Esq Bethlehem Hospital, London [1888.43.1-4]

Becket for throwing spear, from Nengone or Mare, Loyalty Islands. [1920.100.35] Feather Necklace from Santa Maria, Banks Islands [?1920.100.35], Native mat-loom from Santa Cruz Islands. [1920.100.30] Rev. R.H. Codrington M.A. Wadham College

Polynesian fire-stick of fau wood (Hibiscus tiliaceus) Professor Moseley, F.R.S. University Museum [1884.8.1 [!] or not entered]

Bamboo lime-box and stick, from Ysabel, Solomon Islands, three fish hooks from San Cristoval Captain Martin, Mission Ship “John Hunt” through Rev Lorimer Fison, Fiji. [1885.8.1-4]

Neolithic stone implements from Bourne Bay Newfoundland Mr Roberts, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland [1884.126.106-7, 170 [!]]


[2 separate collections listed]

[NB following is handwritten into book, by same hand, looks like neat copy ie very few crossings out etc]

[Handwritten entries]


… Nov 17 [NB list isn’t numbered] Series of Photographs of Andamanese G.E. Dobson Esq M.B. F.R.J. [?][there are specimens of human hair listed from different sources][1998.230.4.4, 1998.230.5.3, 1998.230.6.1-3, 1998.230.22.1-3]

[NB no printed list of objects , extract from 1883 OUMNH annual report, from University Gazette for 1884]

[Handwritten list]


July 2 English iron arrow head found at Godstow H. Willett Esq Arnold House, Brighton [1885.1.1]

Sept 21 Blowpipe and case from Perak Sir Hugh Low K.C.M.G. through W.J. Twistleton Dyer Esq C.M.G. F.R.S. Kew Pitt Rivers Coll. [1885.2.1-2]

Oct 5 Glass necklace and bracelets from Hebron [1885.3.1 & 1885.3.6]

Small vase of Pottery resembling that of the Roman epoch from Assouan [1885.3.2]

Japanese rectangular bronze mirror [1885.3.3]

Greville J. Chester Esq B.A. 2 Russell Chambers Bury St London

… [separated by long account of human skeleton, named, from Andaman islands, from Colonel Cadell of Port Blair, who recounts how he knew man who died of pneumonia and skeleton of adult male tiger]

Nov 25 Two modern Egyptian doble [sic] pipes made of reeds, with single reed mouth piece. Very interesting and illustrating the ancient classical and Egyptian double pipes Pitt Rivers Coll. Rev. L.H. Mee M.A. B. Mus Merton Coll. Kettle Hall, Oxford [1885.4.1-2]

Dec Artificially deformed skull from Mallicola Island New Hebrides [1885.5.1]

Thorn [sic] of … marmaratus shell from Ha. Onvy Id. [1885.5.2]

Plaited fan from Samoa [1886.2.120]

Boars tusk used as a bracelet from Mallicola Id. [1886.2.121]

Mans dress consisting of a plaited waist band with tails at each end coloured violet [?]. The tails are used for tying up the penis in the direction of the navel. Sometimes the penis is enveloped in a banana leaf before being tied up Mallicolo Island [1886.2.130]


Capt Acland, Oxford

Dec Egyptian double reed pipe [1885.7.1]

Small glass Egyptian bottle and bone pin for applying Kohl to the eyes [1885.7.2]

War club called Tiki, by Carib tribes of a form peculiar to the Macusi amongst the Caribs. Figured in Among the Indians by C. F im Thurn London 1883 p 299 From the settlement of Euwari-mana Kurov ibid p. 39. The tikis are carried now more as ornaments than weapons, They are made of heavy hard wood polished and remarkably ornamented by engraving, the original lines being filled with white earth. They are neatly bound round with white cotton with long fringes and streamers depending The present tiki is ornamented with the ivy pattern. [1885.9.1]

[in pencil] Printed in the Gazette Jun 22 1886

[in ink in handwriting at top of printed Annual Report glued into book] 1885 C. Robertson Esq

[Printed list, extract from 1885 OUMNH annual report]

Donations to the University Museum

The following is a List of the Donations which have been made to the University Museum, Oxford, during the year 1885:-

Anatomy and Zoology

… [15 separate collections listed]


Collection of Melanesian Implements, &c., comprising Dancing Club, Bow and Arrows, Wooden Pillows, from Santa Cruz; Fishing Kite, Nets, Stone Hatchets, Shell Money, Ornaments, from Solomon Islands; Flying fish Barb, from Banks Islands; and other objects Rev. R.H. Codrington, D.D., Wadham College [1920.100.1-42]

Collection of ancient Japanese Pottery (deposited) comprising base of Figure set up as substitute for Sepulchral Victim from Imperial Tumulus at Tarumi; Magatama-jar, Sacrificial Vessels, Water-Bottle, &c., of Gioji Ware W.G. Aston Esq H.B.M. Consul, Nagasaki [Cannot be matched, they do not appear to have been transferred to the Ashmolean either, confirmed by Alison Roberts of that museum]

Collection of Objects illustrative of Chinese Funeral Rites, comprising figures of Deities or Demons to be propitiated, and models in paper of Objects to be transmitted sacrificially by burning, viz., the House, Boat, Palanquin, Wardrobe, and other Furniture, Cooking Vessels, Pipes, Candlesticks, Clothing, Silver Dollars &c. Thomas Hanbury Esq La Mortola, Mentone [1887.1.240 [22 objects], possibly also 2002.87.1-10]

Two Palaeolithic Implements of Chert, from Gravel near Chard. Charles I. Elton Esq M.P. Whitestaunton Manor House, Chard. [Cannot be matched, also does not appear to have been transferred to Ashmolean Museum, confirmed by Alison Roberts of that museum]

Scalp of Andaman Islander. Colonel Cadell. V.C. Chief Commissioner, Andaman Islands through T.R. Buchanan Esq M.P. All Souls College [Cannot be matched]

Skeleton of Native of Little Andaman Island Colonel Cadell. V.C. Chief Commissioner, Andaman Islands Port Blair [Cannot be matched]

Two modern Egyptian Double Reed Pipes, with single Mouthpiece. Rev. J.H. Mee, MA Mus, Bac, Merton College [1885.4.1-2]

Artificially deformed Skull, Boar’s Tusk Bracelet, Plaited Waistband, from Mallicolo Island, New Hebrides; Shell of Turbo marmoratus, from Santa Cruz; Plaited Fan from Tanna Captain W.A.D. Acland R.N. Broad Street, Oxford [1886.2.120-121, 130, 1885.5.1-2

Set of Polo-mallets, and Balls, from Balti District Ney Elias Esq Resident at Ladak through Col. H. Yule C.B. India Office [1885.10.1-4][Note that there are 4 polo mallets from James Johnstone via Yule donated in 1885 which is listed in accession book but not in OUMNH annual report]

Two pairs Carved Calabashes, from Abeokuta Mrs R. Braithwaite Batty, Crick Road, Oxford [Cannot be matched]

English iron Arrow-head, found at Gostow. H. Willett, Esq F.G.S. Arnold House, Brighton [1885.1.1]

Blowpipe and Case, from Perak. Sir Hugh Low, K.C.M.G. British Resident, Perak through W.T. Thiselton Dyer, Esq, C.M.G. F.R.S. Royal Gardens Kew [1885.2.1-2]

Glass Necklace and Bracelets, from Hebron; Vase of Roman period, from Assouan; Japanese Bronze Mirror; Carnelian Annulets [sic] from Mekka Greville J. Chester, Esq., B.A. 2 Russell Chambers, Bury Street, London [1885.3.1-7, 1886.6.1-3, NB there is a basket 1885.3.7 from Chester which is not listed here but is in accession book]

Egyptian Double Reed Pipe; Glass Bottle and Bone Pin for applying Kohl. F.H. Bradley Esq., M.A. Merton College [1885.7.1-2]

War-club of Macusi Indians. Everard F. Im Thurn Esq., M.A. Exeter College, Magistrate of Pomeroon District, British Guiana. [1885.9.1]


[6 collections listed] …

Edward B. Tylor

Keeper of the Museum

[Back to handwritten list of donations, NB objects between those listed below are mostly animal specimens]


… May 10 Set of 10 Moa stones, fine specimens of quartz much worn by attrition L.D. [?] Acland Ch. Ch. [Can’t match]

June 8 Three large photographs of the [insert] ancient [end insert] large ancient dug out canoe found at Prigg [sic] W.B. Cousans Esq Red House Caistor [1886.3.1-3]

… July 19 Cap worn by Corean ladies of higher class nobility in the winter. Sample of coarse Corean paper W.R. Carles Esq [1886.5.1, 3][NB Ginseng donated at same time not listed here but is in PRM accession book]

Sept 18 An Australian native Tomohawk from Richmond River N.S. Wales [1886.7.1]

Natural pebble with one end sharpened by grinding. J. Wilson Esq Monallere N.S. Wales [Cannot be matched]

Sept 16 Mingrelian gourd flask from Untan (the ancient Colutris) With slit like mouth, shewing origin of some forms of bottle mouths Arthur J. Evans Esq M.A. [1886.8.1]

20 [presumably Sept 20] Collection of objects from Midicire

1 Rubbing stone for grain [1886.10.1]

2. Broken Sandstone implement [1886.10.2]

3. Number of bronze objects & pieces [1886.10.3]

4. Number of Flint flakes & one of pophry [1886.10.4-5]

5. Specimen of copper as worked by ancient Egyptians [1886.10.6]

6. Five poisoned arrows iron headed of the Mika tribe [1886.10.7-11]

7. Prehistoric objects from Thebes, Egypt flint flakes &c Captain Sir Richard Burton Athenaeum 107 Pall Mall [1886.10.12-13][NB there are also a series other objects said to have been transferred to PRM from OUMNH in 1886 from Burton, from Ghana these are not listed in the register but are in the PRM accession registers]

Oct 105 Very fine obsidian knife from Ruins at the mouth of the Champerton River near Progress Yucatan The knife was found with 14 other similar in form in an earthenware Pot amongst the marine stones of a mine submerged at high tide by Mrs Tayler of Liberty Street, New York in 1885. The natives on being asked suggested that the implements were razors J.J. Tylor Esq 22 A Queen Annes Gate [1886.11.1]

… Oct 25 Cloth inscribed with magical figures in a series of squares from the tent of King Theodore Abyssinia Mrs Tylor Shipley House Carshalton [1886.13.1]

… [Dec] 13 Collection of Indian Musical Instruments—

1 Large Circular Structure with 15 brass gongs suspended

1 [ditto marks] 16 [ditto]

1 [ditto] with drums of various sizes

drums with cylinders with heads & tuning strings of wood (6 large 23 small)

drums earthenware cylinders 2 large

1 large brass gong about 15 inches in diameter with bamboo tripod stand

4 pair of cymbals of graduated sizes

Hautboys wooden with brass mouths each with reed mouth piece & pricker attached 5

1 Harmonium with steel plates

2 [ditto] wooden plates large

Flageolets of bamboo, 4 only are perfect

2 Harps, one with a stand

1 Flute with bill inside

Bamboo zithers with one string only

4 Bamboo instruments unknown castonetts?

M.V. Portman Esq Andaman Islands Port Blair [1886.15.1-38]

Portion of a Beam honeycombed by Fermica nigra From the roof of a cottage at Skir Surrey Lord Arthur Russell MA 2 Audley Square … [Cannot match]

[Printed list glued into book extract from the 1886 Annual Report of the OUMNH]

‘Donations to the University Museum

The following is a List of the Donations which have been made to the University Museum, Oxford, during the year 1886:-

Anatomy and Zoology

… [20 separate collections listed]


Collection of Burmese Musical Instruments, comprising a Circle of 23 Drums on carved stand; Bass Drum on Bamboo support; two Long Drums; four smaller Drums; two upright Kettle Drums, two circles of Gongs on carved Wooden Supports; one large Gong, Four Pairs of Cymbals, Four Pairs of Clappers, two Bambu and one Metal Harmonicons with strikers, two Harps, five Oboes with Brass Bell mouths, three Flageolets, two Nicobarese one-stringed Instruments of Bambu, one Flageolet. M.V. Portman, Esq., Port Blair, Andaman Islands [1886.15.1-38]

Mingrelian Gourd-flask from Kutais (ancient Colchis) with Mouth-slit showing Origin of ancient forms of Terracotta Flasks with Elongated Lip Arthur Evans Esq MA Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum [1886.8.1]

Collection from Midian, comprising Grain Rubber, Flint Flakes, Stone Implements and Bronze Objects. Collection from Egypt, comprising Specimens of Copper as worked by the Ancient Egyptians; prehistoric Objects from Thebes. Five poisoned Iron-headed Arrows of the Akkas. Captain Sir Richard F. Burton H.B.M. Consul at Trieste; Athenaeum Club. [1886.10.1-13]

Cloth inscribed with Magical Figures in Squares, from the Tent of King Theodore of Abyssinia Mrs Tylor 22A Queen Anne’s Gate, London [1886.13.1]

Obsidian Knife of delicate Form, found in Earthern Pot at the Mouth of the Champoton River, near Progreso, Yucatan. J.J. Tylor, Esq, 22A Queen Anne’s Gate, London [1886.11.1]

Ceremonial Dancing-Mask made from Front of Ancestor’s Skull, New Britain Rev. Geo Brown LL.D Wesleyan House, Bishopsgate, London [1886.16.1][NB this isn’t listed in presentation list from Dept of Zoology]

Winter Cap worn by Corean Lady; Specimens of Corean Paper and Ginseng W.R. Carles Esq HM Vice-Consul, Shanghai [1886.5.1-3]

Australian ground Pebble Hatchet from Richmond River, N.S. Wales T. Wilson Esq Monallore, Richmond River, N.S.W. [1886.7.1]

Three Photographs of Ancient Dug-out Canoe found at Brigg W.B. Cousans, Esq. Red House Caistor [1886.3.1]


… [5 collections listed]

Edward B. Tylor

Keeper of the Museum

[NB some items listed in the accession registers of PRM for 1886 are not listed above specifically a large collection from Charles Pope which may have been transferred in that year from Christ Church, and objects from Tylor, Strachan-Davidson, Moseley etc. Some are listed in the 1887 annual report or presentation volume]

[Handwritten list]


Jany 9 Cast of fragment of a stone step from the Harbour at Utica with highly incised design of a vessel Professor Sir Henry W. Acland K.C.B. F.R.S. [1887.2.1]

27 Cotton hammock used by mothers to sling children in on their shoulders. Carib original cotton manufacture Fine Carib work, E.F. Im Thurn Esq M.A. Magistrate of Pomeroon District, British Guiana [1887.3.1]

27 A Pistol Tinder Box Mr Wyatt St. Gill [1887.4.1]

… 24 Bundle of 37 leaf arrows made of the midribs of the leaf of a species of Canna with part of the blade attached as a feather. Similar leaf arrows are used in the Ke Islands. Obtained at Zeelink Bay, New Guinea. S.J. Hickson Esq D.Sc. Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge [1887.5.1-57]

31 Photographs of Papuans of Zeelink Bay New Guinea skull of native of Talaner Islands S.J. Hickson Esq D.Sc [Photos not numbered, but accessioned in 1887, however they have not since been identified?]

27 2 Bamboo jews harps from Sikkim

1 Iron [ditto] [ditto]

1 Brass from Tibet

Sent through Sir J.D. Harker [?] J. Gammise Esq Cinchona Plantations Darjelong Bengal [1887.7.1-4]

Feby 8 Polo stick & ball from Badakkshan Ney Elias Esq 2 Inverness Terrace London W [1887.8.1-2]

… 10 Collection of objects from the Nicobar Islands. Being a further series of objects to complete the collection already sent inscribed fully in the Mans catalogue dated October 1886 [1887.11.1-90]

… 15 Series of African symbolic messages described in a paper in the Anth Inst Feby 1887 by G.W. Bloxam The Anthropological Institute [1887.10.1-8]

22 A Gilt Brass Epaulette Mr Wyatt St. Giles [1887.12.1]

… [May] 9 Two embroidered ladies shoes 17th century [1887.14.1-2]

[ditto, ie 2] pairs of Chinese embroidered shoes [1884.14.3-4]

Piece of tanned Hippopotamus hide [1887.14.5]

M.G. Timms 37 Broad Street Oxford

13 Lepcha and Nepaulese Musical Instruments [illegible] Gammie Esq Darjeeling Bengal [1887.15.1-10]

14 Chinese carved chair from Ningpo made of the Funeral Cypress Set of opium smoking apparatus, two trays pipe stem & two bowls [illegible] stand, lamp, bowl cleaner & stem cleaner [illegible] & long and long [sic] pin for opium. Two horn boxes of prepared opium All from Singapore The Director Royal Gardens, Kew [1887.17.1-2]

… [Guanche remains from Goddard Sept 5][1887.33.1 and 1887.44.3]

July 6 Specimens of votive rags & coins from the Isle of Man Rev Earnest B. Savage Douglas, Isle of Man [1887.19.1-5]

… [Sept] 20 Terra cottas from Dr Schliemann’s excavations at Mycena Prof Max Muller [1887.20.1-67; 2004.194.1]

Oct 14 Collection of Objects from India China &c 3 tullwars Ghurka knife, Sabre scabbard from Lucknow European sword Chinese bow & crossbow Arrows Chinese figures & pigtail Bell from the Taku forts Jade cup & figure from the summer Palace Candlesticks &c Rev John Rigaud BA Magdalen College [1884.26.1-26]

Stone Club from Port Resolution, Tanna Id New Hebrides Brought from there by Lord Henry Scott (Now Lord Montagu) November 1853 3 Tilbury St Park Lane W [1887.25.1]

… 19 A Kaffir Musical Instrument of the Marimba type T.B. Currey Esq Kimberley Cape Colony S Africa [1887.23.1]

21 2 battle axes Baked earth images of deities. Symbolic animals. Sacrificial vessels &c used by fishermen of Gopalpur F.S.V. Minchin Esq Asra Ganjam Madras [1887.24.1-52]

22 Terra cotta [illegible] bell from Thimbai in Boetia obtained through Prof Prosopoulis Athens Cross bow for blood letting from Spidauros in Argolis not far from … of Arklepin 3 conch shell trumpets used by fishermen of Durgan, Cornwall also a trumpet from the same place . All labelled with late owners name Obtained by F.H. Fox Esq … Inhelt Esq Frenchay Nr Bristol [1887.29.1-6]

Nov 3 Midshipman       Kaffir necklace two pairs of sandals Chinese shoes Mandarin buttons Sceptre Chopsticks Model Gun Jade ornament Silver badge Sword Centipede W. Indies Rev J, Rigaud BA Magdalen College [1887.26.24-44]

… 21 An Egyptian Magic Bowl … Strachan Davidson Esq Balliol College [1887.27.1]

Dec 14 Phlacteries for the arm, & the forehead Through Newbeiner the Rev .. Adler Delegate Chief Rabbi 5 Queensborough Terrace London W

… [1887.28.1-2]

Anthropological objects comprising 4 spoons or ladels North America Baill vessel [ditto, ie N America] Culling implements [ditto] Pair of moccasins [ditto] Sea weed [illegible] whip Berice W. Indies Necklet of wooden beads, a rosary string Feather pouch, North America [illegible] Cane painted Piece of Gum ? Kaur gum New Zealand … Miss Nixon 13 Norham Road [1887.31.1-12]

Printed in U. Gazette Oct 23, 1888

[Printed head handwritten at top C. Robertson Esq, , extract from 1887 OUMNH annual report,]

‘Donations to the University Museum

The following is a List of the Donations which have been made to the University Museum, Oxford, during the year 1887:-

Morphology and Zoology

… [20 separate collections listed]


Chinese Chair, carved of wood of Funeral Cypress, from Ningpo; complete set of Opium smoking Apparatus from Singapore W.T. Thiselton Dyer, Esq CMG FRS Director of Royal Gardens Kew [1887.17.1-2]

Collection of Objects illustrating the Arts and Habits of the Nicobar Islanders, being a further series to complete the Collection already presented. Described fully in Mr Man’s Catalogue dated October, 1886. E.H. Man Esq Port Blair, Andaman Islands [1887.11.1-90]

Terra Cottas from Dr Schliemann’s Excavations at Mykenai, comprising a series of figures, aryballos, and fragments of pottery selected to show ornamental designs Professor Max Muller MA Fellow of All Souls College [1887.20.1-67; 2004.194.1]

Collection of objects from India and China, comprising Tulwars and Gorkha Knife; Tatar Bow, Crossbow and arrows; Jade Cup and Figure; Shoes and Sandals, Mandarin Button, Bell from Takiu Fort &c Rev J. Rigaud BD Fellow of Magdalen College [1887.26.1-26]

Cast of fragment of a stone step from the Harbour at Utica with highly incised design of a vessel Professor Sir H. Acland K.C.B. FRS University Museum [1887.2.1]

Carib Cotton Hammock for carrying infant, of native work Everard F. Im Thurn esq … [1887.3.1]

Specimens of Hair of Sengirese Islanders Skull of Talauer Islander, Photographs of Papuans, Geelvink Bay, bundle of leaf arrows Sydney J. Hickson Esq … [1887.5.1 .1 – 37 and skull and photos not matched]

Lepcha and Nepaulese musical instruments, comprising arm bone trumpet, single and double flageolets bamboo jews harps &c J. Gammie … [1887.15.1-10]

Polo-club and Ball from Badakshan Ney Elias … [1887.8.1-2]

Polo club and Ball from Ladakh Sir T. Douglas Forsyth … [1886.19.1-2]

Pistol tinder box, gorget Mr WW Wyatt … [1887.4.1, 1887.12.1]

Series of African Symbolic Messages, collected by J.A. Otonba Payne, Registrar of the Supreme Court, Lagos … Anthropological Institute … [1887.10.1-8]

Two Embroidered Lady’s Shoes 17th century ; two pairs Chinese embroidered shoes Mr G Simms … [1887.14.1-4]

Maori Photographs Sir Walter Buller … [not listed]

Three Anglo Saxon Skulls founds with objects described in Proceedings of Soc of Antiq … Major W. Cooper Cooper [not listed in accession registers]

Specimens of votive rags and coins from Isle of Man Rev Earnest B. Savage … [1887.19.1-5]

Guanche Remains from Burial place in Volcanic cave, valley of Orotova Teneriffe comprising skull and parts of others and hair Rev CV Goddard … [1887.44.3, 1887.33.1 skull and hair only]

Kafir Musical instrument of the marimba type J.B. Currey … [1887.23.1]

Two Khond Battle Axes, Terra Cotta images, Symbolic Animals, and Sacrificial vessels &c used by fishermen of Gopalpur F.J.V. Minchin … [1887.24.1-52]

Stone club from Port Resolution, Tanna New Hebrides (brought by Donor in 1853) Mummy of ibis Rt Hon Lord Montagu … [1887.25.1, 1887.18.1]

Ancient terra cotta hand-bell from Thebes in Boeotia, obtained through Professor Rhousopoulos Athens, Crossbow Phleme from Epidauros in Argolis, 3 shells blown as fog horns by fishermen at Durgan Cornwall and Horn obtained by GH Fox Esq Falmouth Francis Fox Tuckett [1887.29.1-6]

Ancient Egyptian Magic Bowl with Hieratic Inscriptions, set of modern Egyptian musical instruments, comprising poet’s viol, double pipes, reed flute, hautboy and tabors JL Strachan Davidson … [1887.27.1; 1886.17.1-8 NB these items acquired year before but not listed in that year]

Phylacteries for the arm and forehead Rev Dr H Adler … [1887.28.1-2]

Canadian Indian objects from Saguenay River (collected by Lieutenant Henry Nixon 55th regiment 1827) comprising spoons, bark vessel, cutting instruments, mocassins &c Chaplet of wooden beads worn by Thug (obtained by Major Marmaduke Nixn 39th regiment 1846) Sea weed whip from Berbice Miss Nixon … [1887.31.1-12]

Musical instruments comprising Burmese harp, serpent (18th century) Double flageolet Mr TW Taphouse [1886.18.1-3, again not listed in year of acquisition but later]

Two wooden house posts with carved totem figures (bear and killer whale) from British Columbia, wicker basket for grass seeds and resined wicker bottle from Hualapai Indians Arizona The Keeper University Museum [1887.22.1-2, 1886.14.1-2 again actually given previous year but not listed till now, not all the items listed in accession book as given by Tylor as part of 1886.14. are listed here]

Mineralogy and Geology

[6 collections listed]

Edward B, Tylor

Keeper of the Museum

[The items from Forsyth, Buller, Cooper, and Taphouse were not listed in the handwritten list of objects presented in 1887 shown above this list. Neither list contains items given by Moseley in 1887, see 1887.32. or item given by George Charles Bell 1887.21.1; WCF Anderson 1887.30.1; JT Long 1887.6.1, Wilfred Powell 1887.13.1; Tylor 1887.22.3-5; 1887.33.2-3, which are human remains from Rowland Michell, or a series of human remains from various sources 1887.33.4-36.]


Jany 13 A Shophar or Rams Horn trumpet Rev N Lipman 53 Great Prescot St B [1888.1.1.>]

[ditto] Specimens of Go-hei of folded paper, set up as offerings to the Gods in Shinto Temples Japan Basil Hall Chamberlain Tokyo Japan [1888.2.1-2]

[ditto] Cavalry sword & lance Major Henry Adair The Barracks, Cowley [1888.3.1-2]

March 10 Specimens from Corea small iron box elaborately inlaid with silver – A brass dumb bell shaped cup three specimens of ginseng WR Carles Esq British Consulate, Shanghai [188.4.1-5]

March 11. Specimens from Samoa Four specimens of different bamboos used by the natives, a piece of [illegible] board A woman’s girdle from the Kings Mill Group J.E. Newell Esq Malua Institution, Samoa [1888.5.1-6]

15 Number of tally sticks as used in the Isle of Man Rev Ernest Savage St Thomas Vicarage Douglas I of Man [1888.6.1-13]


April 21 Specimens from the Solomon Islands & New Hebrides Panpipes 2 from Torres Islands, one from Florida / Musical pipe from Pentecost / Stringed instrument, Florida / Trimmer [?] for flying fish Santa Cruz / 2 Bamboo knives Torres Islands / Boys mask Florida / Spider’s web tangle for fishing Malaita / Complete Tomati [?] dress Rev Dr Codrington The Vicarage Wadhurst Surrey

Melanesia Jews Harp, fish hook & shell money / Melanesian bracelets of beads / Tapa from Samoa Id / 2 prs of Hindoo shoes / 2 Green jade cups / Soapstone figure, Chinese, Bronze bell &c / Officers gorget & 2 swords / Flint knife S Africa / Gourd bottle / Kaffir pipe snuff box & spoon / Pali M.S Chinese book & book of Chinese seals/ Kaffir Laws & customs &c &c Rev John Rigaud BD Long Wall Street [1888.10.1-31]

Iron tool used for making gunflints, used by natives of Abu Roash Dr G. Schweinfurth Cairo Egypt [1888.9.1]

3 Atuas from Polynesia Elliot Howard Esq Walthamstow [1888.41.1-3]

May 1 Pair of over boots M. A.E. Payne Alfred Street St Giles [1888.12.1 .1–2]

[May] 3 Model of outrigger boat & catamaran Hon Sir Arthur Gordon GCMG Governor of Ceylon, through Sir William Herschell [1888.11.1-2]

8 Two African Charms Piece of South Sea Tapa Papers of General Rigaud Rev John Rigaud BD [1888.13.1-5]

[17 Two specimens of fish]

Davy safety lamp H Balfour Esq MA [1888.17.1]

17 Bundle of arrows from New Guinea, one with point of cassowary bone Two spears from Talauer Ids Sydney J Hickson [1888.15.1-3]

Knackers pole axe Mr S Hathaway Junr Gas Street St Ebbes Oxford [1888.16.1]

Cavalry lance bucket Elliot Howard Esq Walthamstow Essex [1888.18.1]

Pair of skin shoes from Arran Miss Swann Walton Manor c/o Professor Westwood [1888.19.1-2]

[Another zool. Specimen]

June A Whalebone ribbed umbrella Miss Truscott 37 St Giles [1888.20.1]

Chinese Taoist paper mock money for sacrifice Miss Bouser 49 Lexham Gardens Russell Rd [1888.21.1]

[Edible birds nest & eggs … Sydney J Hickson D Sc]

[Egg of ostrich H Balfour Esq MA]

16 Number of stone arrow heads & flakes, from Colorado USA three immature [illegible] etc [all rest specimens] Arthur WW Brown Esq MA 6 …ex Square Hyde Park W [1888.22.1-?]

[hides of animals]

Sept 28 Two bamboo lances with lags & slings The India Office Whitehall SW [1888.27.1-2]

Aug 20 Five [illegible] sticks used by Manx fishermen to count their catches Rev Ernest BJ Savage St Thomas Vicarage I of Man [1888.24.1-5]

Small wooden bismer from Norway / Part of leather harness, ornamented with cowries known as snakes heads from South Norway Dr EB Tylor [1888.25.1-2]

Flints & lumps of greensand, which have been made red hot probably for cooking purposes from Rotherley Camp Lieut General Pitt Rivers FRS &c Rushmore Salisbury [1888.26.1-?]

Sept Collection of objects belonging to the late Rev J Rigaud BD Indian sabre Chinese sword Soudanese sword Indian shield Indian & Chinese arrows S African assaigais (Capt Gibbs Rigaud) Old Silk Umbrella Chinese fishing rod Chinese drawings English sabre belt &c Chinese bible & coins Shoes Ornaments of silver &c Nail protector Metal paper knife Empress badges Old collapsible lantern in case Old shoe buckles English Pomice box Night cap & wig belonging to the Dr Ro… Iron candle stick from Stanton Harcourt made in 1635 Emperor of China dressing gown Ostrich egg with incised Kaffir drawings Indian fly flaps Coronation & other ribbons Miss Rigaud 160 Walton Street [1888.28.1-45]

Sept Bronze pin found found [sic] close to adult & skeleton in a gravel pit at Bampton Oxon with evidence of considerable age Mr Jasper Taylor Surveyor Minster Lovell Witney [1888.32.1]

Oct Seven photographs of natives of Australia, T. del Fuego & S Africa Capt J.P. Maclear RN Cranleigh nr Guildford [1888.29.1]

Set of brass vessels used in a form of worship Hindoo Miss Edith Pechey MA Cumballa Hill, Bombay [1888.30.1]

[Zool. specimen]

Pair of Pampooties worn by an Aran fisherman in 1868 Miss Swann Woodstock Road [1888.33.1-2]

[Greek text] from the village of Peristerona district of Papho Cyprus WG Hogarth ESq Magdalen College [1888.34.1]

Numerous specimens of North American basket work &c The Director Royal Gardens Kew [1888.35.1-?]

Burmese, Norwegian & Lapp knives Bone awl & net floats of birch bark Henry Balfour MA [1888.36.1-5]

Two flagella, candle & medida from the Azores Lieut General Pitt Rivers FRS &c [1888.31.1-4]

Indian Bichhwa Henry Balfour MA [1888.36.10]

Specimens from Burmah & India / Series of five figures of Gautama shewing the process of casting the brass images / Three stone lamps from Gaza Bengal / Burmese earthenware lamps with [illegible] / Burmese earthenware lamps with 4 lips / Burmese earthenware lamps with 1 lip / Brass Lamp from Gaza Bengal / 13 dice Burmese / Card dominos & wooden &c 2 sets Burmese / Pair of piston bellows (small) similar to those used in melting metal for casting the brass figures / Clay crucible used with bellow for warming water Capt RC Temple RE The Palace Mandalay Burmah [1888.39.1-]

Primitive wood & stone anchor said to be from Lagos W Africa Professor Sir Henry W. Acland KCB [1888.38.1]

Specimens from Corea collected by T Watters Esq / Several samples of paper made from Brousoustia Fine cloth of Pueraria fibre Two hand screens of split bamboo Large blind of finely split bamboo & a small fan The Director Royal Gardens Kew [1888.41.1-6]

Hardanger Fiddle … Trumpet Bushmen Wooden Bismer & a piece of harness with cowries From Norway Dr EB Tylor [1888.42.1-]

A Glass & coin Greek Arthur Evans FRS Ashmolean Museum [1888.40.1-2]

A forgery of drift stone implement from Amiens Dr EB Tylor [1888.42.6]

[skin of humpback whale and skull of animal from Balfour & specimens from Buchanan]

… Printed in the Oxford University Gazette May 2 1889 & Reports of Institutions for 1888


Jany 16 Burmese Rosaries & complete set of tools &c illustrating the methods of making rosaries Capt RC Temple RE The Palace, Mandalay [1889.2.1-2]

17 Bundle of tally sticks used for accounts between the town commissioners & water works company in Douglas Rev Ernest B Savage St Thomas Vicarage Douglas I of Man [1889.1.1]

Whirling implement of the Bull-roarer type known known [sic] as the voice of Aro from Abeokuta W Africa Mrs Braithwaite Batty Crick Road Oxford [1889.3.1]

March 13 A Japanese toy & blow pipe H Balfour Esq [1889.5.1]

Old English tobacco pipe [1889.6.1]

[April 16 Three heads …. From Borneo [Creagh thro Moseley]]

Artificially deformed flathead skull Dr Franz Boas [1889.8.1]

Series of 66 models of Burmese fishing implements traps nets &c Also copy of the report on the Fisheries in the F… district for 1886 Capt RC Temple RE [1889.9.1-66]

Two small childrens toys representing animas from Abydos A head ornament of leather, probably Coptic Obtained in Egypt Sir John Conroy Bart: [1889.11.1-3]

Swedish wooden tinder box with flint & steel Primitive wooden lock Swedish Dr N Olof Holst Geologiska Museet Stockholm [1889.12.1-2]

Wooden double flageolet Arthur Evans Esq [1889.10.1]

Four specimens of native made clothing materials of cotton raphia & bark / Three iron hair pins of the Ngwah district / Polished section of Hippopotamus tusk the tribal ornament of Ujiji / Small coil of raphia palm fibre as sold for stringing bead at the market at Ujiji Basket from Urundi Shells from Lake Tanganyika All the specimens from the region round Lake Tanganyika Central Africa Also copy of To Lake Tanganyika in a Chair by Mrs Hore Capt E Coode Shere 26 … Road Highbury Hill [1889.13.1-12]

July Dr EB Tylor Specimens from British Guiana, received by him from E. im Thurn Esq / Horn made from a Jaguars skull plastered over with wax ? (Warrau tribe) / Two baskets each made of a single leaf of Areta palm (Macusi tribe Macquaries Whip (Arawak tribe) Necklace made of fragments of Jaguar bones (Warrau tribe) [1889 [1889.14.1-5]

Objects found in two or three old kitchen middens near Port Blair Andaman Ids EH Man Esq Nancowry Nicobar Ids [1889.15.]

Aug Piece of bark cloth made by natives of Great Nicobar / Tooth of old Nicobarese woman incrusted nearly with lime from betel chewing F.E. Tuson Esq St James Rectory Halesworth [1889.16.1-]

Sept Mandrake root Asia minor / [blank] made of sweepings of the kabba at Mecca Hung up in morgues & houses Rev Greville J Chester [1889.17.1-2]

Two Chinese wooden fish (a kind of gong) / Chinese kidney shaped piece of rattan root used in the temple for fortune telling HN Giles Esq HBM Consul Formosa [1889.18.1-3]

Four Mexican terra cotta marks (Ancient) Lieut Col W Dawkins [1889.19.1-4]

Piece of textiles with embroidered edges from Hawara in the Fayum of the IVth and Vth cent AD W Flinders Petrie Esq [1889.20.1]

Two wapiti canine teeth used as money by the Shoshone & … tribes of Idaho & Montana N America / Large flat polished stone bead with cross markings said to be used as currency in West Africa Slave money / Three wooden spoons Russian Lapp & … River Lappland / Three figures of polished stone from Carnac Brittany H Balfour Esq [1889.22.1-9]

Oct Eight specimens of bamboo of different species JR Jackson Esq [1889.21.1-8, NB there are other objects from Jackson listed in accession books]

[2 zool specimens]

Lapp boots (Komager) from Tromso Net floats & sinkers Russian Lapp (Skolte) E Finnmarken Old fashioned Norwegian fish hooks H Balfour Esq [1889.22.10-20]

Specimen of Tombaki Persian native tobacco Dr Brunnow [1889.23.1]

A Phenician (Carthinigian) memorial tablet of stone FF Tuckett Esq [1889.24.1]

Specimens from excavations at Gurub Illanum Egypt 1889 Oct 1889 Flinders Petrie. Specimens from his excavations at Gurob, Illahun, Egypt 1889 XII Dynasty: Wooden objects: 1 spindle, 1 bowl, 1 bodkin, 1 Tipcat, 1 whiptop, 1 double hook, 1 grooved door-bolt, 1 doorbolt plain, 1 box with cover, 1 cone shaped whorl, 1 rope net for carrying jar, 1 rope ring for carrying jar on head, 1 short stick Stone objects: 1 pillow for offerings, 2 altars for offerings, 5 small flints, 3 large flints, 1 large mud loom-weight, one small stone loom-weight Pottery objects: 2 jars, 2 stands, 2 bowls, vessel with spout, offering table, 1 small jar, 1 small bowl, 2 pieces of broken vase XII Dynasty Metal and various materials: 1 bronze knife, 2 bronze needles, 1 fish hook, 1 leather shoe-sandal, 1 wicker sandal, 1 fulling [sic] ball, 1 fishing net, 2 small balls of string, 1 ball of thread, hank of fibre XVIII and XIX Dynasties: Wooden objects 1 bow drill, 1 Grain scoop, 1 leather dresser, 1 small throw stick (?), 1 comb, 1 large bodkin (?) Objects of stone, lead or bone etc 2 stone net sinkers, 2 lead net sinkers, 1 stone netting reel, 1 netting bone, 1 stone cone, 1 whetstone, 1 pottery coffin lid XXII Dynasty or Ptolemaic or later: 1 large throwstick, 1 large carpenter's basket with rope attached (Ptolemaic) 1 rope of dark colour (Ptolemaic), 2 ropes with cross bars (Ptolemaic), 1 small carpenter's basket, 2 brushes, 1 foot piece of Cartonnage coffin, 2 pieces of embroidery, 11 wooden heads (the rudest Ptolemaic the rest earlier), 1 large oval basket (cover missing), 1 round flat dish (Roman), 1 jar with three feet and cover (Roman) 1 wooden hook with rope, 1 Roman lock with iron lock plate, 1 leather shoe and sole (Roman) 1 pair of Roman felt socks, 1 basket cover, 2 pieces of basket. W Flinders Petrie W. Flinders Petrie Esq [1889.27.1-108]

Specimens obtained in Calcutta by LP Delves Broughton Esq / Two earthenware pots with charms painted on them / 1 larger bag with woven inscription all over it / Cloth painted with prayers used by people at Darjiling / 4 small charms in small tin cylinders 3 Razors / 3 Ribbons with names of Gods woven on them worn on the right shoulder for luck / Piece of jade a charm to keep up spirits in adversity / Child’s necklet of seeds to keep off evil eyes / seed to keep off evil eye / Three books on Bengalese music / Two tin … throat trumpets Lady Markby [1889.26.1-23]

Burmese charms on linen cloth 1 from head of a petty Dacoit leader 1 from head of a gambler 2 new ones used by Dacoits (from Wachek village near Sagaing) Capt RC Temple RE [1889.29.1-4]

Sticks used as fire drill by natives of Magila district East Africa HG Madan Esq MA [1889.28.1]

Nov From Burma - 4 long and one short blowpipes, with 6 feathered darts - Cross bow and 5 arrows - Pellet bow and clay pellets - Fighting "da" - 10 knives and choppers for various uses - Chin axe for tree felling - Burmese adze or mattock, and a forester's axe - 3 pronged head of fish spear, iron - 3 Regimental helmets of the late King's army - 2 reed brooms - 1 large full rigged model of Burmese boat - 3 small carved models of boats - 2 models of bullock carriages, one wood one brass - cotton cleaning machine - wooden lathe, with seat and tool rests - one very large and 4 smaller carved wood figures of mythological lion - carved wood, nude and gilt figure of a boy, and a large and a larger carved gilt bee or fly, supporters of Thibaw's throne - Two small carved wood figures of women, shewing costume - Brass model of the great standing image on Mandalay hill - Large carved wood figure of Buddhist Angel of Life, seated, - Fruit and drug baskets, 3 of each - 3 rattan footballs - Brass scales, and 2 pairs of bullion scales, one in brass case - 4 Shan lice combs, Chinese lice comb, 7 Burmese combs - Two pairs of hair pincers, metal - Two pairs of sandals, adult and child - Two pairs of small cylindrical earrings - Iron ear and nail cleaners - Siamese scissors, inlaid silver - Burmese metal spoons - Silk scraper made of part of a husk of a nut - Iron cocoanut scraper, and sack needle - 4 illumination lamps of terracotta, and bundle of wicks - Mulberry leaves for wrapping, two samples of cheroot tobacco - maize heads for wrapping cheroots, cheroot mouthpiece and complete cheroot - Piece of edible clay - Flat stone grinder, for grinding mulberry bark powder with two pieces of mulberry bark - Burmese flageolet - Burmese cradle, carved wood, inlaid - Kachin national bag, and woman's robe - Priest's begging bowl of pottery with brass cover - Ordinary Burmese teapot - Two wooden platters and rice bowl covered with red lacquer - Cocoa nut shell ladle and 4 wood cups of form derived from it - String charm with pieces of thin brass with inscription, used by stall keepers - Soapstone pencil and blue cloth rubber of soothsayers - Buddha's foot and 2 Vishnu thrones in stamped copper - page of Burmese charms - Piece of sheet iron and folding cardboard with charms in form of hands, belonging to a soothsayer - 10 bullock bells of various sizes - 5 stages in the casting of brass bells, with also the wax model and mould for the handles, Burmese - Series of 16 weights in different stages of manufacture, with numerous wax models, and two clay moulds with each 5 compartments, also an elongate mould - Two iron styles for writing on palm leaf - 3 pieces of soapstone for pencils and 3 iron holders - Pen for writing square Pali in black - 2 styles with copper cylinder above ?use - 4 reservoir pens for square Pali writing - shell for black resin - Ruler for lines in square Pali ms - Blackened wooden child's "slate" - Palm leaf strip upon which Royal orders were formerly written - 6 ordinary Burmese books, and catalogues of the library of the late king at Mandalay - Ordinary Shan Religious text, in cloth cover - Palm leaf sacred Burmese book - 6 fragments of MSS on palm leaf - Complete Burmese book - Two pali texts in one cover, richly gilt, on palm leaf - Ivory book, with rich binding boards and ribbon binding - Book of square Pali text on lacquered cloth - Leaf of lacquered cloth (?) ready for writing - Copper book, square Pali, gilt - Silver leaf lacquered cloth book, square pali - Safe conduct and Trade notices issued by the officials of Thibaw (6) - White book, with modern Burmese illustrations - Bookbinding series, including MS in first stage, two frames with MS in different stages, knife for trimming edges, ribbon for binding valuable religious books; gold leaf, stamp for staring book covers, red colour used in MS binding - Andamanese bow, 2 spears , 3 arrows - New Zealand jade pendant (miri) - Bayonet hafted on a stick Afghan - Afghan sword, two matchlocks - Indian blunderbuss Capt RC Temple RE [1889.29.]

Nov Two childrens whistles made of snail shells Brittany H Balfour Esq [1889.30.1-2]

Complete Lapp costume of Reindeer skin Arthur Evans Esq [1889.31.1-5]

A number of worked flints from near Gebel Shekr Egypt New piece of coarse pottery / Single worked flint from top of a hill opposite Girgeh Sir John Conroy Bart [1889.32.1-3]

Cast of a stone implement from Tasmania Original in the Taunton Museum Dr EB Tylor [1889.33.1]

Steatite drinking vessel & iron padlock from Sweden Russian iron padlock Dr EB Tylor [1889.33.2-4]

[Zool. specimen]>

Various anthropological specimens By part purchase from Torres Straits Professor AC Haddon Royal College of science, Dublin Two Boar tusk armlets - One [ditto] plane - Sacred ornament of shell - pendant ("dibidibi") of shell - shell crescent pendant - Two nose ornaments of shell - shell necklet - shell dancing bracelet - dogs tooth frontlet and necklet - shell armlet - groin guard of shell - tortoiseshell marriage ornament - plaited finger rings - plaited leglets - Four large plaited armlets ("Musor") - bilobed ear plug - Three plaited bangles - belt of coix lacyrma seeds - pair of shoulder bands - One back and two front ornaments worn by brides - Two tortoiseshell hair pins - Two small pendants of form derived from ant-lion larva - breast ornament representing sting ray - Two nautilus shell ear rings - brides ornament tied together - toy "alida" - Two cassowary feather headdresses ("Dagam") - One bird of paradise feather headdress - Two dance headdresses of cassowary feathers - hair wig - bamboo comb - Five women's petticoats of grasses etc - Five baskets - pair of water cocoa nuts - Large alligator-dancing mask of tortoiseshell - Bamboo knife, headsling, and bow used in the dances - Fish tail shaped piece of wood ("Good") held in the mouth in ceremonies - wooden drum, "bull-roarer" , Jew's harp, and two other musical instruments - Stone top - Bamboo pipe - Tortoiseshell fish hook, fishing basket, and large handnet - Dugong spear with moveable harpoon point - Two wooden clubs - Two large and two small lances - Two throwing sticks - Bamboo bow and wrist guard – Thirty seven arrows of different patterns - "Kadig tang" of cassowary feathers and a second somewhat similar ornament only double - Two ornaments worn stuck through the wristguard - Fish line with two hooks, Two examples of cord - Root and bark of "Ome" tree - Two dugong charms - Tobacco and rain charms - large stone charm - love charm pebble - carve stern post of canoe - sorcery tally - cyrena shell - palm leaf wrapper for feathers - human skull with features restored - ?Dancing jaw - Bone from head of a fish, used as an ornament [1889.34.1-142]

Fire making apparatus from Borneo / Five syringes & appurtenances / Fire drill / Bamboo fire saw / Fibre torch ? Sydney BL Skertchley Esq Sandakan Borneo [1889.35.1-8]

Reports of Institutions for 1889 Printed in the University Gazette May 13 1890

1890 – 1895 is all zoological specimens except 1895 below:

Human skull, lower jaw & bones with fragments of pottery from caves in the St John’s Mountains Jamaica pres by Lady Blake [note beside acc in 2005 OUM 22059][Sherds not entered in PRM collections management system]

Note that the Annual Reports transcribed on this site do not include the long object lists though these were appended at the end of the narrative text of each Annual Report from 1894-5.

Transcribed by AP October 2012

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