Gallery: fallen angels

While I was researching the story of the birds of paradise for my thesis, I went to visit the NHM collection at Tring, and the curator was kind enough to let me have free reins of their collection- trays and trays filled with these jewel-like skins, some with bound feet from the 19th century, others more recent.

Here is a selection of the images I took, you can see that the skins evoke the same wonder that the early modern collectors must have felt seeing them for the first time.

(All images copyright N. Lawrence)


 

King rose

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