We went to an exhibit titled “Objects of Wonder: From the Collections of the National Museum of Natural History,” an interesting display of items that examines how scientists use the Smithsonian collections to enlighten and illuminate our understanding of nature and human culture. I took a few pictures, but most of it was more appropriate for viewing and reading about than photographing.
“A ceremonial mask from British Columbia (1883), with movable eyes and lower jaw, which would have inspired veneration,” says the sign. Those metallic looking teeth were what caught my attention. Thanks to William Barletta for getting rid of some reflections for me.
This is the last picture from this exhibit. I wish I could have taken more, but it was quite dark in there, and things like chunks of whale earwax probably don’t make the greatest captures ;-). Still, I might have another go at it on a future visit because there were some other interesting displays in there.
'Objects of Wonder': Samurai armor, posted earlier: