We begin a new monthly feature that highlights an object from the collections. Like most museums, the objects on display at Buxton Museum are merely the tip of the iceberg. Our blog offers us the opportunity to show you a few more. I’m going to get the ball rolling with a peculiar find from my favourite collection at Buxton; that of Randolph Douglas. I introduced the collection in our sister blog a few months ago: technology-and-magic.
My Curiosity of the Month is actually four dyed skeleton leaves from Formosa (Taiwan) in a transparent envelope with a handwritten description by Douglas himself: “In the beautiful island of Formosa, taken from China by Japan in 1895, the Frangipani tree grows luxuriously. The clever people have discovered how, by the use of chemicals, its leaves can be denuded of all their softer tissue, so exhibiting the fine network of veins. These leaves are later dyed some bright colour and sold as curiosities.”