Pick of the Collections 13/06/2020
George Fussey, Curator of the Eton College Natural History Museum, discusses global pandemics, biodiversity and the ‘Farmers of the Forest’ in this ‘podcasque’, the latest in our series of conversations about the collections.
Earring, intricately carved from a bird casque [NHM-HT.145-2014] The helmeted hornbill credit iStock-1065326080 Earring, intricately carved from a bird casque. 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm. Made in Sarawak by a member of the Kenyah tribe, probably living in one of the longhouses on the Tinjar River, and given to the Bishop of Miri (Anthony Galvin). Presented to Robin Hanbury-Tenison in 1976. Donated to The Natural History Museum, Eton College in 2012 as part of the Robin Hanbury-Tenison collection. Eton Collections | NHM-HT.145-2014 (etoncollege.com) The helmeted hornbill is a very large bird in the hornbill family. It is found on the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo. The casque accounts for some 11% of its 3 kg weight.
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