Animated animals

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Animal lovers behold! From cute cats to mischevious monkeys! We have animal-themed objects aplenty in the collection at National Museums Scotland. https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore

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Furtive Frogs
Rabbits and Hares
Colourful cows
Majestic unicorns
Beautiful birds
Cats and dogs
Monkey business
Horses
Perky pigs
Elephants in the room

Furtive Frogs

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

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Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Manju netsuke

Manju netsuke

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Rabbits and Hares

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Netsuke

Netsuke

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Netsuke

Netsuke

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Colourful cows

Painting

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Textile / sample

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Ostracon

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Tomb-model

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

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Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Majestic unicorns

Door with two main panels of oak, one with the Royal Arms of Scotland, held within a mid 19th century softwood frame and with a mid 19th century softwood carved panel depicting a thistle plant at the top, with ironwork of the 19th century in an antiquarian style, formerly one of the doors of the Antique Room at Wooers' Alley, Dunfermline

Door with two main panels of oak, one with the Royal Arms of Scotland, held within a mid 19th century softwood frame and with a mid 19th century softwood carved panel depicting a thistle plant at the top, with ironwork of the 19th century in an antiquarian style, formerly one of the doors of the Antique Room at Wooers' Alley, Dunfermline

Silver two-handled cup given to Arthur Forbes, with vase-shaped body engraved with the Royal Arms of Scotland and 'From a Sincere Friend 3rd June 1800', by W. and P. Cunningham, Edinburgh, 1799

Silver two-handled cup given to Arthur Forbes, with vase-shaped body engraved with the Royal Arms of Scotland and 'From a Sincere Friend 3rd June 1800', by W. and P. Cunningham, Edinburgh, 1799

Seal box of silver, circular in two portions, engraved with the royal arms of Scotland and the arms of Don of Newton Don, by Thomas Ker, Edinburgh, Scotland, c. 1695

Seal box of silver, circular in two portions, engraved with the royal arms of Scotland and the arms of Don of Newton Don, by Thomas Ker, Edinburgh, Scotland, c. 1695

Renaissance gold pendant engraved with the arms of Mary, Queen of Scots, set within a crystal in colours, probably made by a French goldsmith, 1548 - 1558.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

Unicorns on a wooden panel with the royal arms of Scotland, from Linlithgow Palace, 1540 - 1570.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

Ceiling boss of carved wood, unicorn carrying flag, with traces of original paintwork, from Linlithgow Palace, Scotland, c. 1617.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

Brown sulphur cast of the Four Signet Seal of Mary, Queen of Scots, depicting a unicorn on the royal arms, c. 1567.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

James IV gold unicorn, Edinburgh, 1488 - 1505.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

A glance at Scotland’s national animal

The unicorn is first mentioned in a long lost book about India about 400 BC and eventually is adopted as Scotland's national animal in the 15th century and can now be seen everywhere.

Beautiful birds

Mottled stone figure of a small bird perched on a stone whilst looking over its shoulder: China.

Figure

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Exchange of Information IV, cast glass, cylinder supporting an opaque head of a man with open mouth, facing a brightly coloured bird perched on a buff box on top of grey slabs: England, Norfolk, Dickleburgh, David Reekie, 2007.

Exchange of Information IV

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Glass sculpture, entitled Trance, in the shape of an oystercatcher rattle, black with a buff coloured handle, red beak, a crouching figure of black glass on the back of the bird's body, and a design on the breast in formline style representing a hawk: Americas, USA, Washington, Seattle, Tlingit, by Preston Singletary, 2006.

Trance

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Robot bird, Chirpy Chi interactive pet, silver metal with green wings, tail and feet and a yellow beak, by Tiger Electronics, China, 2003.

Robot bird

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Plate of tin-glazed earthenware painted and 'sponged' in colours with a peacock in a landscape: English, Bristol, c. 1720.

Plate

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Print depicting Bird of Washington, or Great American Eagle, Plate No. 11 of Birds of America, by John James Audubon, London, England.

Bird of Washington, or Great American Eagle

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Woodblock depicting a bird on a cliff, wood, one of a collection of woodblocks of illustrations used by W. & R. Chambers Ltd, 1840s - early 20th century.

Woodblock

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Page from a woodblock-printed illustrated book, bird on branch: Japan, by Sekisui, 18th - 19th century.

Woodblock print

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Model of a diver bird in swimming position carved from walrus ivory, with eyes picked out in black pigment: Canada, Baffin Island, Cape Dorset, Inuit, collected by John N.S. Buchan, 1938 - 1939.

Bird / diver / model

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Japanese print showing a design of plants and a bird: Japan, 19th century.

Printing block

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Shadow Box, sand cast red glass box with black bird's head cover: England, Hawes, Keith Brocklehurst, 1985.

Shadow Box

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Food bowl of carved blackened wood in form of a frigate bird, inlaid with pieces of pearl shell: Melanesian, Solomon Islands, probably Makira (San Cristóbal), early 20th century.

Bowl

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Brooch, used to attach a prayer shawl, in the form of a rayed disc from which hangs a peyote bird, in white metal (German silver alloy) with crystal, as used in the Native American Church: Americas, USA, Arizona, Pinon, Navajo, by Zaro Begay, 2008.

Brooch

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Piece of mural painting in stucco, with bird and fruit: Roman, 1st century.

Painting / portion

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Figure of a bird in glazed earthenware, one of a set of six bird and animal figures, from the Diana Cargo of 1817: China, Qing Dynasty, Jiaqing reign, c. 1816 AD.

Figure / bird

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Container in the form of a bird with brown plumage and long tail feathers, with gilt metal mounts and a hinged cover, part of the Ida Pappenheim Collection: possibly German, 18th century.

Container

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Flat wrought iron stylised bird with a curled tail, possibly a gate finial, made by the firm of Thomas Hadden, Edinburgh, 1920s.

Gate finial

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Ornament in form of a bird of flocked plastic, possibly a budgerigar, on a swing made of gold-coloured wire and brown plastic hanging from a hook and short chain.

Ornament

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Figure of a bird of orange glass with white wings, each with two black stripes, and opaque orange beak, legs and feet: probably Italian, Venice, Murano, 1950s - 1960s.

Figure

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Jug of cream coloured earthenware decorated on both sides with a robin in a gold roundel, with mottoes 'A Merry Christmas' and 'A Happy New Year', by Cochran, Britannia Pottery, Glasgow.

Jug

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Scent bottle of opaque white glass decorated in orange-red, black and yellow with a bird, a rhyton and caduceus?, and a bird on a two-handled bowl, in the style of Pompeian painting, part of the Ida Pappenheim Collection: Bohemian, c. 1850,

Scent bottle

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Colour woodblock print of a bird and an insect on a branch: Japan, by Ohara Koson, 1895-1905.

Woodblock print

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Print depicting Bewick's long tailed wren, Plate No. 18 of Birds of America, by John James Audubon, London, England.

Bewick's long tailed wren

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Cream stoneware jar on a black turned wooden base, modelled in form of a bird standing upright with clawed feet together, glazed cream picked out in brown and blue: English, Fulham and Southall, by Martin Brothers, 1904.

Jar

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Sample of hand block printed cotton cloth with a large multicoloured peacock surrounded by flowers and stylised peacock tail feathers. Part of the Turkey Red Collection, totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, by John Orr Ewing and Co., c. 1893.

Textile / sample

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Bird Plate, of wood-fired Fremington earthenware with a lead glaze and a sgraffito bird: Scottish, Jason Shackleton, 1983.

Plate

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Sample of block printed cotton cloth with a design of a yellow eagle clasping a snake on a red ground, possibly intended for Mexico where the eagle and snake are used as national emblems. From pattern book 'Colour Block Book 1'. Part of the Turkey Red Collection, A.1962.1266.1 - A.1962.1266.78, with subdivisions, totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, by United Turkey Red Co. Ltd, c. late 19th century - early 20th century.

Textile / sample

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Design on paper intended for the border of printed cottons. The design consists of a peacock standing on a plinth surrounded by flowers. Part of the Turkey Red Collection, totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, probably by John Orr Ewing and Co., c. 1860.

Textile design

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Salt-glazed stoneware figure of a crested bird perched on a rock, painted in enamel colours: English, Staffordshire, c. 1760.

Figure

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Wool canvas sampler embroidered in coloured silk threads in differet stitches showing houses, flowers, verses, initials and conventional floral and bird borders, by Jean Murray: British, 1740.

Sampler

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Figure of a cockerel in red earthenware with an iridescent green lead glaze: China, Han dynasty, 3rd century AD

Figure

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Apteryx owenii Gould, 1847, little spotted kiwi, New Zealand,

Apteryx owenii Gould, 1847 - Little Spotted Kiwi

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Raphus cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758), dodo, model.

Raphus cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Dodo

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Corvus moneduloides Lesson, New Caledonian crow, female, Tendea, New Caledonia.

Corvus moneduloides Lesson - New Caledonian Crow

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Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758, wandering albatross.

Diomedea exulans Linnaeus, 1758 - Wandering albatross

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Digital photographic print entitled Yéil, second in a series of four prints from the series Raven asks Pontiac: Americas, USA, Idaho, Boise, Tlingit, by Larry McNeil, 1998.

Yéil

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Textile sample of Turkey red dyed and printed cotton with a large hand block printed yellow and blue peacock on a red ground, with smaller peacocks making up the tail feathers. Surrounded by a floral and foliate border including a tree trunk at the left hand edge. Part of the Turkey Red Collection,  totalling c. 40,000 items: Scottish, Dunbartonshire, c. mid 19th century - c. late 19th century

Textile / sample

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Cats and dogs

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Monkey business

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Horses

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Perky pigs

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Elephants in the room

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Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Manju netsuke

Manju netsuke

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Netsuke

Netsuke

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Amulet

Every object in our collection has a story to tell. Discover some of the most treasured, unusual and ground-breaking here.

Netsuke

Netsuke

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