Category: Substances of Wellbeing and Intoxication

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17th-century Frechen Bartmann Jugs and ‘Witch’ Bottles

Named after the bearded man that features on them and originating in the the mid- to late-16th century in the Rhineland, how did these stoneware pots become associated with 'witch' bottles?

Nigel Jeffries

2 May 2023

Tea and the Margaret Williamson Collection

MAA looks after at least 280 objects from Tibet and its surrounding Himalayan states, and 6,000 photographs donated by Margaret Williamson. But who was she and how did she acquire these objects?

Aayushi Gupta

25 April 2023

A Creative Practitioner’s Insight into Sámi Coffee and Salt Bags

Drawing on her own experience of making a fish-skin leather purse, Collections Assistant Katrina Dring provides an insight into the making of similar Sámi leather bags in the MAA collections.

Katrina Dring

18 April 2023

Lady Schuster’s Tibetan Tea

A collection was donated to MAA in 1947 by a Lady Schuster. But nothing is known about her nor the contexts in which her collection of tea objects was assembled. Who was she?

Mark Elliott

11 April 2023

Cups that Cheered: Bell Beakers and Alcohol in Bronze Age Europe

Evidence for fermented beverages in Bronze Age Beaker pots is limited. But this overview will show that Beakers were indeed used for alcohol in libations and during social occasions.

Elisa Guerra-Doce

4 April 2023

A sample of loose leaf ‘Russian tea’

A small sample of loose-leaf tea raises more questions than can be answered: is it Queen Mary tea or Russian? Was it produced in Britain, Russia, or as the catalogue record suggests, in Tibet?

Aayushi Gupta

21 March 2023

Roman Wine in a Cambridgeshire Grave

A chance discovery of a grave led to the most important Iron Age find in Cambridgeshire for years. Discover more about wine amphorae, grave goods, and what they can tell us about Iron Age Europe.

Caitlin Brooker

14 March 2023

Dragons, Monk’s Caps, and Butter Tea: The Duomuhu

What can drinking vessels tell us about historical changes and relationships? I explore the trajectory of one such vessel, a 多穆壶 (duomuhu), and what it tells us about the politics of the Chinese Empire.

Rui En Pok (Rae)

7 March 2023

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? – Celebrating in Harmony

Chinese New Year' or 'Lunar New Year' are two intertwined terms. Although indicative of positive cultural change, their overlapping nature has sparked controversies within museum spaces.

Zilan Wang

14 February 2023

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