Spicy stories: the case of a clove boat model | British Museum blog

Originally posted on British Museum blog.

Since closure of the temporary exhibition Connecting continents: Indian Ocean trade and exchange, the exhibited objects, including a model boat made from hundreds of dried cloves, have been returned to storage. However, out of sight does not mean out of mind…

The world of clove models is a mysterious one: little is known about these exciting, unique and strongly scented objects. This leaves us with questions such as what are they, where did they come from, when and why? Very little was known about the British Museum’s clove boat model before it was displayed, including its origins. Research was thus carried out to start to piece together information, but many questions are still unanswered. Intrigued by these objects research continues and you are invited to be a part of it!

Through this blog I will highlight what we currently know about these models before moving on to explore what we are yet to…

via Spicy stories: the case of a clove boat model | British Museum blog.

One thought on “Spicy stories: the case of a clove boat model | British Museum blog

  1. This was more modern than I first suspected, and seems to be more a tourist souvenir of some sort, rather than an ancient artifact, as I thought from the photo. The detail is fascinating though, and knowing it is made from cloves makes me want to be able to smell it!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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