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Jewels of the Natural History Museum: Gendered aesthetics in South Kensington, c. 1850-1900

  title={Jewels of the Natural History Museum: Gendered aesthetics in South Kensington, c. 1850-1900},
  author={Pkc Syperek},
Several collections of brilliant objects were put on display following the opening of the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881. These objects resemble jewels both in their exquisite lustre and in their hybrid status between nature and culture, science and art. This thesis asks how these jewel-like hybrids – including shiny preserved beetles, iridescent taxidermised hummingbirds, translucent glass jellyfish as well as crystals and minerals themselves – functioned outside… 
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