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Wednesday 4 December – Ancestors and Coral

December 2, 2013

There are two talks at the Museum on Wednesday 4 December.

Collection Bites: Translucent Marvels: The Blaschka Glass Models of Marine Invertebrates 1-2pm

Marion Endt-Jones, art historian and curator of the exhibition Coral: Something Rich and Strange (29 November 2013-16 March 2014) will talk about Manchester Museum’s glass models of marine invertebrates, produced by the father and son team Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka at the end of the nineteenth century. Variously described as ‘obsolete science’, ‘high craft’, or ‘low art’, the models have, over time, fulfilled several roles: substitute specimens for marine creatures that are notoriously difficult to preserve; educational tools; and living room decorations. They have more recently, become fetish objects celebrated by the contemporary art scene.

Collection Bites is on the first Wednesday of the month, joined by a series of guest speakers for lunchtime conversations discussing key objects from the collection. Book on 0161 275 2648 or, free.

Ancestors in ancient Egypt: Images and practice, 6-8pm

Join our Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Dr Campbell Price in exploring the evidence of ancestor worship by ordinary Egyptians. This talk will investigate how images can be used to explain the fascinating, yet often overlooked, process and practice of ancestor worship. As part of a series of talks relating to our exhibition: Fragmentary Ancestors: Figurines from Koma Land, Ghana. No Need to book.

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