Curiosities and ephemera 4

10 Oct

The strange and/or wonderful things that inhabit my Surry Hills den.

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This was a gift from Master Fu of the Class of 2000 after the HSC. On his mother’s side he was descended from the Qing royal family — the Manchu Dynasty; on his father’s from a General in the Red Army. The coin on the right is from the Western Han Dynasty (48 BC) and on the left from the Tang Dynasty (821 AD).

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The stick on the left was acquired by my father in Papua during World War 2. It is carved from a single piece of bush wood and features various animals and a totemic sign of some kind near the top. We used to believe it had magical properties. The coffee set was my mother’s wedding present in 1935.

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LEFT: My Chinese astrological sign, a gift from a Shanghainese student in 2002. RIGHT: The SBHS mug, and a found rabbit…

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