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 August 2010.

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.)

 

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for details of string figure artefacts held there

Mounted figures

Films

Photos

Sound

Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Museum

8

 

?

 

 

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

 

 

?

?


(The following contributed to this site in 2010 by Stephan, Netherlands)






Stichting Papua Cultureel Erfgoed, Netherlands


2




Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies



13



Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, Netherlands



1



Lunds Universitetet, Folkelivsarkivet, Sweden



8



Nordiska Museet, Sweden






Institutet för språk och folkminnen, Sweden



53



Dansk Folkemindesamling, Denmark



106


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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1+

 
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