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Curiosities from the Collection

Curiosities from the Collection

Bouchelle Changing Gallery
Open March 25, 2023 through May 7, 2023

The MOAS collections contain many fascinating curiosities from the past including “Lord Byron’s Walnut” (a tiny perfume case made out of a walnut given to the wife of the painter John Hoppner) a small Egyptian cuneiform tablet, a box made of a mastodon tooth, a framed portion of the wallpaper from Napoleon’s last home in exile on the island of St. Helena, porcelain figures of humanoid shrimp and lobsters, a sword with a rooster head for a handle, a miniature wooden replica of a butcher shop, a Polynesian star chart, and a three-handled
ceramic mug. This exhibition will bring these rarely-exhibited unusual items out of storage to showcase the uniqueness of the MOAS collections.

Toothpick Holder Figurine
Gift of Kenneth Worcester and Mary Mohan Dow
Artist Unknown

2023 Exhibit Sponsors
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.