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Unusual gifts idea


Every year, as the festive season approaches, I get a link-laden mail from the British Museum, that offers me a selection of merchandise from the museum shop, to enliven my gifts list. And indeed, who could resist to a replica of the portrait of Ashurbanipal, or a couple of replica Egyptian cats?

Ashurbanipal doing his thing in the British Museum’s shop.

These are the moments in which I am almost grateful I am going through lean times. I’d find it hard to resist, otherwise, just as I’d find hard to resist at the museum bookshop. I am saving a lot of money I don’t have.

But you guys out there take note – if you are looking for original, unusual gifts for your family and friends, checking out museum shops might be a great way to find a few ideas. And get a lot of weird looks on Christmas morning.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “Unusual gifts idea

  1. Downshifting is the new common lifestyle.

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  2. To add the odd in the inusual, the British Museum catalogue presents a particular object: a comic book published by the British Museum itself and created on purpose from the manga artist Hoshino Yukinobu after an one-man show. Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure, a spin-off of the Munakata Kyouju Denkikou series (Folklore Studies of Professor Munakata) where ten objects from the British Museum are used as subject to tell stories of anthropology and the connections between history and folklore.
    To be honest, this isn’t an unique cases. The Louvre have already done similar stuffs like Taniguchi’s Guardians of the Louvre and Araki’s Rohan au Louvre


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