Captain D'Albertis’s Cabinet of Wonders

Captain D'Albertis’s Cabinet of Wonders

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This display is fitted in the style of a curiosity cabinet, or a "cabinet of wonders", in which extra-european specimens and artefacts are on display. Among these are samples of various flora, ethnographic materials, minerals and animal specimens, all of which document a past lack of distinction between the fields of natural sciences, geology, and anthropology. For example, we find whalebones, fragments of Chinese city walls, a dessicated platypus, a vial of sand from San Salvador, Micronesian dancing clubs, a Chinese pipe, a lotus flower from an Egyptian sarcophagus, an African ostrich egg, dervish human bones and much more, all of which has been rigorously transcribed and inventoried.