French Snuffbox
Lily of France Thong
Sarcophagus of Wahibreemakhet


The Spectacle of Prostitution. Sex work and the making of a modern city, Amsterdam, ca. 1850-1900.

3 Things

Reines des trotoirs Postcard
Togolese Bocio Figurine
Fake Formosa
Chinese Banknote
Roman brick
Fake Braid
Japanese Mermaid
Leeuwenhoek Microscope
Wallpaper and Ars Aemula
Ray Dragon
Clay Envelopes
Fake Batik
Fake Relief
Luristan shield
Japanese Copies
Fake Eye
Coconut Goblet
Fake Crow


Fakes in art and science

20 Things

Bed of Clay
Mies with Fried Egg
Bird mummy

Starting anew

Verhalen van mensen die toevlucht zochten in Leiden

3 Things

Ming Pipa
Swahili Qiṣṣati Yūsufu
The Papyrus D’Orbiney
Painting in Bustan

Joseph يوسف יוֹסֵף

A Wandering Story

6 Things

Etching of Joseph
Two Bowls from Aswan
Ans in Leiden
Etching by Rembrandt


Early Modern Stories from The Courtauld

4 Things

Bronze Incense Burner
Amir in Leiden

Modernist Materiality

Everyday objects in European literature

4 Things

Ming Brush Rest
Stela of Ipu
Lacquer Toilet Box
Mycenaean Gold Balance
Minoan Ladies in Blue
Fly Swatter
Fan with Norigae

Culture on the Move

Cultural translations from one medium, place or time to another

6 Things

YSL Mondrian Dress
Mirror and Mannequin
Sneakers and Shadow

Transcultural objects

Objects between Asia and Europe

5 Things

Elephant Chess Piece
Register of Patients
Satin, Alpaca and Velvet
Madeleines with Tea
Japanese Ewer
Meiji Era Face Mask

Mycenaean Treasures

Stories from the Heroic Age

7 Things

Minoan Larnax

De K.S.R.V. "Njord"

Gemengd én geschud

K.S.R.V. Njord
3 Things

Olympische ringen op Njord
Njord Dameskleedkamer
De Zwanezaal van Njord
Register of Suspects
Mycenaean miniature table
Ayoub in Leiden
Drop-front Secretary

Ancient Objects

Stories from the Ancient Near East

6 Things

Queen of the Night Relief
Brief aan Valckenaer
Strip door Bilderdijk
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Mycenaean Stirrup Jar
Date Palm Chart
Stela of Sehetepibreankh
Pair of Shippō Vases
Glass slipper
Chan Po-fung, I would still find you
liina klauss, Ocean Warrior
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, Necklace
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, Made in Hong Kong Series

UpCycling Hong Kong

The Circular Economy of Recycling Material Culture in Pearl River Delta Jewelry Design

13 Things

Fong Yik-hang, Garbage Handmade – HK
Lachish reliefs
Ching Sze Yin, Cicy, Upcycling Hong Kong Series
Shirley Lam, Pick up lines and things

Western Civilizations?

Questioning a sweeping course title through the lives of objects

5 Things

Cissy Chan, Far Sea Ring
Margaret Chu, Hollowing Out
Faience Sistrum
W;nk Atelier, Hydrangea Necklace
Alchemist Creations, CAN watch
Hurrian Hymn no. 6
Lokjes van Bilderdijk
Tsang Tak-ping, Garlic Lamp
Portret van Bilderdijk
Bilderdijks Leidse bul


Een sublieme nalatenschap in Leiden

Leiden University Libraries
6 Things

De Bilderdijkkamer
Lam Yau-sum, Tung Lin III
Sarotti Chocolate Advert
Necklace from Achaemenid Iran
Interior of De Chinese Pagode
Chin-Ind Babi Pangang
Chin-Ind Foe Yong Hai

At the Chin-Ind

Tafelen en afhalen bij de Chinees-Indonesische Restaurants in Nederland

10 Things

Three Rings in Decameron
Eels in Decameron
Falcon in Decameron


Things That Talk in Boccaccio’s Decameron

11 Things

Chin-Ind Soups
Medicine Bottle in Decameron
Swahili Kanga from Kenya
Feather and Coals in Decameron
Chin-Ind Pisang Goreng
Goslings in Decameron
Haifa Tin Ingots
Golden Cup in Decameron
The Crane in Decameron
The Rapier in Decameron
Restaurant De Chinese Pagode
Chin-Ind Bami
Gijs Huizinga’s Bedroom Collection
Chin-Ind Kroepoek
Pot of Basil in Decameron
French wig holder
Vietnam War Zippo
Statue of Giovanni Boccaccio
Box with Portrait of Napoleon I
The Social Condom

Ocean Objects

Maritime Material Culture in Southern China from a Global Perspective

10 Things

Red Envelopes on an iPhone
Qing Imperial Ruyi
Kintsugi tea bowl
Chin-Ind Loempia
Dragon Shell
MC Hammer Doll
Oxhorn Clam
Objects from Hong Kong’s beaches
Butterfly Stool
Shell Games Plaque
Planter with a Coral Deity
Bowl of Pearls
Shell Venus
Pair of Carved Shells
The Glasgow Cookery Book
Shell Creature
Japanese picnic set
Blue daopao
Kimono with embroidery
Japanese vending machines
Obiaman cloth
Blue sarpusu and bluing
Children’s bentobox
Van Gogh's Sterrennacht
Ozonja for Himba make-up
Instant rāmen
The Herero Long Dress
Döner Kebab
Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique
Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer
Conch shell horn
Minoan cup with Linear A
Global teak chair
Tsuba with ship design
Maneki Neko
Tărtărian tablets
Korean Drum ‘Puk’
Pendant from the Aegina treasure
Trojan horse by BP or not BP
Korean ceramic bowl Shibata
Two covers of Nabokov’s Lolita
Princess of China Barbie Doll
Obligatory chocolate box
Cixi by Katherine A. Carl
Qing Imperial Necklace
Qing summer hat
Qing Guanyin with child
Matchlock Gun from Japan
Qing bowl for American market
Qing chalice veil
Linear B palm-leaf shaped clay tablets
Shell with Hong Kong Harbor Scene
Qing queue with red hair extension
Nivkh fish skin robe
Qing abstinence gourd
Qing abstinence plaque
Olga Lobo in Living Room
Dutch chiseled iron smallsword
Qing empire elite army helmet
Digital photograph of Peter Dekker