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Handicrafts Collection

"Exploring the Global Tapestry of Handicrafts: From Ireland to Morocco and Beyond" Immerse yourself in the rich world as we embark on a journey across continents

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1

Baldwins knitting leaflet, WW1
Knitted Comforts for Men on Land and Sea - front cover of a booklet published by J & J Baldwin s, yarn manufacturers of Halifax

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Handmade wooden polish jews in Krakow. Poland

Handmade wooden polish jews in Krakow. Poland

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c. 1750 (earthenware)

Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c. 1750 (earthenware)
7394045 Punch Bowl with mottoes from the Ancient and Honourable Society of Bucks, c.1750 (earthenware) by Liverpool Porcelain Factory (c.1754-1804); Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Traditional green pottery from Tamegroute, Zagora region. Morocco

Traditional green pottery from Tamegroute, Zagora region. Morocco

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Laos, Luang Prabang. Colorful sa paper umbrellas for sale at the local market

Laos, Luang Prabang. Colorful sa paper umbrellas for sale at the local market

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Famous Arraiolos tapestry, handmade in Alentejo. Portugal

Famous Arraiolos tapestry, handmade in Alentejo. Portugal

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Traditional polish dolls on a street market in Krakow. Poland

Traditional polish dolls on a street market in Krakow. Poland

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Bulgarian kukeri masks. They are used in winter solstice festivities by dancers that

Bulgarian kukeri masks. They are used in winter solstice festivities by dancers that accompany musicians throughout the villages, dancing rhythmically to drive away evil and invite good

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620126 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620127 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620128 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail

The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones)
8620125 The Cross of Desiderius, adorned with stones, cameos and coloured glasses, detail, end of 8th century ( stones, cameos and coloured glasses) by Lombard School

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Side Chair, c1755-60. Creator: Unknown

Side Chair, c1755-60. Creator: Unknown
Side Chair, c1755-60

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Queen Anne Transitional Armchair, c1750-80. Creator: Unknown

Queen Anne Transitional Armchair, c1750-80. Creator: Unknown
Queen Anne Transitional Armchair, c1750-80

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: President's room at Capitol, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

President's room at Capitol, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
President's room at Capitol, between c1910 and c1915. Portrait of Samuel Osgood, 4th United States Postmaster General, on wall. William McKinley bust

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The doorway, Vézelay, France, 1915. Creator: Albany E Howarth

The doorway, Vézelay, France, 1915. Creator: Albany E Howarth
The doorway, Vezelay, France, 1915. Vezelay is a historic hill town in north-cental France, famous for its Romanesque abbey and also for its Basilica of St Mary Magdalene

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Mrs. C.W. Fairbanks, 1913. Creator: Bain News Service

Mrs. C.W. Fairbanks, 1913. Creator: Bain News Service
Mrs. C.W. Fairbanks, 1913. Shows Cornelia "Nellie" Cole Fairbanks (1852-1913), wife of Senator and Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick... 1864

Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick... 1864. Creator: Unknown
Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick by the town of Stratford-on-Avon, 1864

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Incised stones on the Cheviot Hills, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Incised stones on the Cheviot Hills, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Incised stones on the Cheviot Hills, 1864....markings, which are supposed to belong to a very remote period of British history, before the Roman Conquest...The circles vary in diameter from 2 in

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Gerber Und Farber / Tanners and Colourers (colour litho)

Gerber Und Farber / Tanners and Colourers (colour litho)
8666285 Gerber Und Farber / Tanners and Colourers (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gerber Und Farber)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Weberstube / Weaving Room (colour litho)

Weberstube / Weaving Room (colour litho)
8666283 Weberstube / Weaving Room (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Weberstube)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Two-handled spouted jug with dark-on-light polychrome decoration, -100 BC (ceramic, painted)

Two-handled spouted jug with dark-on-light polychrome decoration, -100 BC (ceramic, painted)
7309968 Two-handled spouted jug with dark-on-light polychrome decoration, -100 BC (ceramic, painted); 18.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: ceramic)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Pedestalled cup, Vasilike mottled ware, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (clay, pigment)

Pedestalled cup, Vasilike mottled ware, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (clay, pigment)
7309997 Pedestalled cup, Vasilike mottled ware, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (clay, pigment); 8.8 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: clay, pigment); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery)

Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery)
7309993 Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery, with painted and incised decoration); 15 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Pithos, circa 1700 BC -1400 BC (clay)

Pithos, circa 1700 BC -1400 BC (clay)
7309958 Pithos, circa 1700 BC -1400 BC (clay); 139 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: clay); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving)

A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving)
8698377 A wallpaper maker, c.1735 (engaving) by Engelbrecht, Martin (1684-1756); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; (add.info.: Society. Economy. A wallpaper maker)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Terracotta female figurine wearing calathos, -99 BC (terracotta)

Terracotta female figurine wearing calathos, -99 BC (terracotta)
7310020 Terracotta female figurine wearing calathos, -99 BC (terracotta); 15.2 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: terracotta); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Seal depicting man with oxen, -360 BC (red jasper)

Seal depicting man with oxen, -360 BC (red jasper)
7309964 Seal depicting man with oxen, -360 BC (red jasper); 1.8 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: stone (red jasper)); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Intaglio gem, hunting scene horseman attacking a lion, -200 BC (carnelian)

Intaglio gem, hunting scene horseman attacking a lion, -200 BC (carnelian)
7309977 Intaglio gem, hunting scene horseman attacking a lion, -200 BC (carnelian); 1.1 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: carnelian); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Weaving (low relief)

Weaving (low relief)
BEN5471587 Weaving (low relief) by Pisano, Andrea (1270-1349); Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Weaving)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The art of building (low relief)

The art of building (low relief)
BEN5471582 The art of building (low relief) by Pisano, Andrea (1270-1349); Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), Florence, Tuscany

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Velvet fabric. Florentine manufacture. 16th century Palazzo del Bargello, Florence

Velvet fabric. Florentine manufacture. 16th century Palazzo del Bargello, Florence
BEN5479581 Velvet fabric. Florentine manufacture. 16th century Palazzo del Bargello, Florence; Photo © Raffaello Bencini

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: A 17th century French galley under sail. (print)

A 17th century French galley under sail. (print)
7419950 A 17th century French galley under sail. (print); (add.info.: A 17th century French galley under sail. After a print dated 1703.); Photo © Ken Welsh. All rights reserved 2024

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Cobbler's Quarters, 1860s (oil on fabric)

Cobbler's Quarters, 1860s (oil on fabric)
XOS5879739 Cobbler's Quarters, 1860s (oil on fabric) by Duplessy, Jean-Alphonse (1817-c.1872); 60.5x51.2 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Johann Tetzel, 1460-1519 (engraving)

Johann Tetzel, 1460-1519 (engraving)
8632093 Johann Tetzel, 1460-1519 (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Johann Tetzel, 1460-1519)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Messrs Druce and Co (engraving)

Messrs Druce and Co (engraving)
8645276 Messrs Druce and Co (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Messrs Druce and Co, Cabinet, Furniture, Upholstery, and Carpet Warehouse; 68, 69)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: J Tonks & Sons furnishings store, Scarborough (colour litho)

J Tonks & Sons furnishings store, Scarborough (colour litho)
8635843 J Tonks & Sons furnishings store, Scarborough (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: J Tonks & Sons furnishings store, Westborough, Scarborough)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Age of Bronze and Iron (litho)

The Age of Bronze and Iron (litho)
8661256 The Age of Bronze and Iron (litho) by Cormon, Fernand (1854-1924) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Age of Bronze and Iron)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The Spinning School, Blenheim Street (b/w photo)

The Spinning School, Blenheim Street (b/w photo)
8638885 The Spinning School, Blenheim Street (b/w photo) by English photographer, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Spinning School, Blenheim Street)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Manufacture of Indian cashmere shawls (engraving)

Manufacture of Indian cashmere shawls (engraving)
8676629 Manufacture of Indian cashmere shawls (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Manufacture of Indian cashmere shawls)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: The wicker, c. 1900 (chromo)

The wicker, c. 1900 (chromo)
1790198 The wicker, c. 1900 (chromo); (add.info.: the wicker in France, from the harvest to the baskets and toys, early 20th century); Photo © CCI

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: hilkat woman weaving blanket, Alaska 1910 (photo)

hilkat woman weaving blanket, Alaska 1910 (photo)
682811 hilkat woman weaving blanket, Alaska 1910 (photo); (add.info.: The pattern, a painted board, was designed by the men and represented clan or lineage crests)

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Spouted bowl, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (ceramic, pigment)

Spouted bowl, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (ceramic, pigment)
7310022 Spouted bowl, circa 2700 BC -2200 BC (ceramic, pigment); 8.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: ceramic, pigment); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Sherd, -600 BC (ceramic)

Sherd, -600 BC (ceramic)
7310003 Sherd, -600 BC (ceramic); 5.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: ceramic, Material: ceramic); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Attic black-figure pottery amphora depicting a military and a Dionysiac scene

Attic black-figure pottery amphora depicting a military and a Dionysiac scene, 550 BC - 540 BC (pottery)
7310051 Attic black-figure pottery amphora depicting a military and a Dionysiac scene, 550 BC - 540 BC (pottery, with painted and incised decoration); 47 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery)

Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery)
7309982 Attic black-figure pottery cup depicting a mythological scene, 490 BC - 460 BC (pottery, with painted and incised decoration); 15 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageHandicrafts Collection: Reliquary of the Holy Crown, 1806

Reliquary of the Holy Crown, 1806
7072614 Reliquary of the Holy Crown, 1806; Musee de Notre Dame de Paris, France; (add.info.: Reliquary of the Holy Crown, 1806, by the goldsmith Jean-Charles Cahier); © Pascal Lemaitre



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"Exploring the Global Tapestry of Handicrafts: From Ireland to Morocco and Beyond" Immerse yourself in the rich world as we embark on a journey across continents, discovering the beauty and cultural significance behind these exquisite creations. In County Clare, Ireland, a mysterious Sheela-na-Gig adorns the church wall of Killinaboy, showcasing ancient craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. Meanwhile, a knitting leaflet from WW1 by Baldwins reminds us of how handicrafts played an essential role during times of war. Traveling eastward to Krakow, Poland, we encounter skilled artisans meticulously carving handmade wooden Polish Jews - a testament to their heritage and traditions. Further south in Tamegroute, Morocco's Zagora region unveils traditional green pottery with its unique glaze patterns that have been passed down through generations. Crossing over to Laos' Luang Prabang reveals vibrant sa paper umbrellas adorning local markets - each color telling its own story. In Bulgaria's winter solstice festivities, dancers don Bulgarian kukeri masks symbolizing protection against evil spirits while celebrating community spirit. As autumn arrives with Pumpkin Night celebrations around the world, intricate pumpkin carvings showcase creativity at its finest. Slava Ukraini commemorates Ukraine's struggle for independence while White Head Vases and Greek Vases transport us back to classical antiquity. Finally, Pichwai artwork mesmerizes with its intricate detailing depicting Lord Krishna's life stories in Rajasthan; Pichwai Fine Art showcases this centuries-old tradition evolving into contemporary masterpieces. Handicrafts bridge cultures and eras; they are more than mere objects but vessels carrying history and identity. Let us celebrate these remarkable craftspeople who keep traditions alive while adding their own artistic flair to create timeless treasures for all to cherish.