Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to the South Pacific, I took myself on a more budget-friendly holiday to the tropical locale with a visit to the Museum für Völkerkunde, one of the many art museums I can frequent at will with my Jahreskarte. We don’t quite have one of these museums in DC, although maybe the Sackler comes the closest. Paris has the Musee du Quai Branly, a superbly arranged museum of cultures with spectacular lighting, but I think I like Vienna’s a little more.
As it goes, museum settings in the former Imperial capital are usually worth the visit alone, and this one in Neue Burg does not fail to impress. The top floor was closed to visitors, so I was left to wonder why the horses were staring at me. Perhaps they are excited for the start of the Vienna Masters Horse Tournament this weekend? They are certainly dressed for an outing!
Part of a funereal presentation for a Shinto widow, including a paper automobile and washing machine, to let her know that she will not be alone.
Humans in sacrifice.
Puppetry is also a large part of Vietnamese culture, as seen in this dragonboat display.
A Burmese Buddha.