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Collection Princessehof, Leeuwarden

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In 1970 the museum received the 1000-piece strong Princessehof ethnological collection from Leeuwarden council on long-term loan. The objects come mainly from the Dutch East-Indies and New-Guinea.

Part of the collection was the private property of A.Tj. van der Meulen, who worked in the Dutch East Indies round 1900. In 1906 Van der Meulen brought out a book that described how he built his collection up:

'I lived in Batavia from 1895-1900. In my free time I would go to the “undercity” "[...] and nosy around in the backstreets and alley, wandering into junkshops. [...] "Good Afternoon sir, what are you looking for?", I was always asked. Indeed, what I was looking for I could not say – I just wanted to look around. And so, looking around, I would find some remarkable things that surprised me with their beauty [...].'

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Necklace, Indonesia
Necklace, Indonesia
Headdress, Indonesia
Headdress, Indonesia
Water vessel, Indonesia
Water vessel, Indonesia
Cylindrical container, Indonesia
Cylindrical container, Indonesia
Beads, Indonesia
Beads, Indonesia
Breast piece, Indonesia
Breast piece, Indonesia
Shield, Indonesia
Shield, Indonesia
Book of magic, Indonesia
Book of magic, Indonesia
Kettle drum, Indonesia
Kettle drum, Indonesia
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