Museums and other institutions with string figure artefacts

- an inventory of string figures mounted on card, string figures on film, string figure photographs, and recordings of string figure songs

Compiled by Martin Probert.   Last revised April 2003.

This inventory of over 1200 string figure artefacts in more than 20 museums worldwide was compiled 1999-2003. Considerable thanks are due to the many archivists who have given generously of their time. A large number of fine collections have come to light. One delighted archivist wrote that "no one here realized we had this collection either – it was an exciting find!" Further additions to the inventory are welcome. The inclusion of reference numbers if known would be greatly appreciated.

String figure HOME PAGE (with links to this page,
to The Origin and Mathematics of String Figures,
and to a selection of 21st-century figures.)

  Click an institution
for details of string figure artefacts held there
Mounted figures
Films
Photos
Sound
Europe          
  British Museum
8
 
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  British Library National Sound Archive
 
 
 
5
  Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
 
 
11
 
  University of Cambridge Museum
 
 
45
 
  Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge
 
1
 
 
  IWF Wissen und Medien gGmbH, Göttingen
 
16
 
 
  Musée d'ethnographie, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
 
 
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Mounted figures
Films
Photos
Sound
North America          
  Canadian Museum of Civilisation
 
4
144
5
  Human Studies Film Archives
 
1
 
 
  National Anthropological Archives
 
 
14
 
  National Archives of Canada
 
1
 
 
  Peabody Museum, Harvard University
18
 
75
 
  University of Pennsylvania Museum
123
 
5
 
South America          
  Museo Arqueológico Francisco Fonck
14
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
   
Mounted figures
Films
Photos
Sound
Oceania          
  Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
 
1
 
 
  Australian Museum
196
 
185
 
  South Australian Museum
123
 
 
 
  University of Adelaide Library
11
 
22
 
  Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
 
 
191
 
  New Zealand Film Archive
 
5
 
 
  New Zealand Television Archive
 
4
 
 
  Bernice P Bishop Museum, Honolulu
34
1
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