This small display highlighted a selection of the recent acquisitions at National Museums Scotland.
23 October 2015 - 31 January 2016
National Museum of Scotland, Grand Gallery, Level 1
The display was diverse, from a tiny fragment of the 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteor to the quirky Omnibot 2000 robot butler.
Each case contained a selection of key items to represent one of the museum’s five curatorial departments; Scottish History and Archaeology, Art and Design, Science and Technology, Natural Sciences and World Cultures.
Omnibot 2000 by Tomy, Japan, 1984-1988.
Wound Around ,TAGUCHI Fumiki (b. 1977), 2014.
Dragonfly brooch with turquoise eyes, Navajo made, c.1940s.
Silver communion cup from Balmaghie Parish Church, Galloway. Made by Gilbert Kirkwood, Edinburgh.
‘Lago di Como’ cameo vase by Paul Perdizet, Gallé Nancy, France c. 1920.
Navajo collar made in c.1930s. Made from sterling silver, copper and turquoise. Donated by Robert Bauver
Omnibot 2000 is the perfect household butler and does what he is asked. He’ll greet your guests with a joke, pour drinks and serve snacks. Later he’ll return as a DJ to play the top 40 hits.
Operated by remote control, he has many features including a cassette tape player, microphone hook up and a clock and alarm system. The original owners gave this model a tartan hat and kilt to wear and a sporran to hold his remote control, made by Tomy 1984 - 1988.
The oldest surviving colour television in the world uses a colour system invented in 1937 by Scottish engineer John Logie Baird.
In 1893, the Scottish anthropologist Alexander M. Stephen wrote evocatively of the ‘glitter of silver ornaments’ worn by Navajo men and women riding on horseback. Still today Navajo women’s traditional style clothing includes ornamental collar tips and buttons. These 1930s collar tips use twisted and looped wire, the latter in vogue in Navajo and Pueblo jewellery of the time. The turquoise was cut by hand. One turquoise was drilled as a bead shown by the silver infill.