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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Monday, March 12, 2018

on break

Hello Museum friends!  The staff and I are on a break...planning to be back with you all a week from today.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

vintage wordless wednesday

actual photo is crooked

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

a mouse has a snack

Gift of the Estate of Dr. Eleanor Z. Wallace www.brooklynmuseum.org
This woodcut by Mochizuki Gyokusen (Japanese, 1794-1852) shows the simplest of pleasures. "Mouse Eating Pea Pods," ca. 1850. 

Monday, March 05, 2018

the imperial kittens

From a book on the dog and the cat in Japanese superstitions:
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Originally there were only wild cats in Japan, but in the time of the Emperor Ichijô (986-1011) some specimens of the small house-cat were imported from China. As they were very rare, their price was high, and only the Emperor and a few rich noblemen could afford to keep them. How much His Majesty liked these so-called Kara-neko or “Chinese cats” we read in the O-u-ki (the diary of Fujiwara no Sansuke - curator) and the Makura no soshi (also known as The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon - curator). The former book states that “on the 19th day of the 9th month of the year 999 a cat brought forth young in the Palace. The Left and Right Minister had the task of bringing the kittens up, and prepared boxes (with delicacies) and rice and clothes for them (as for newborn babies). Uma no myöbu, a Court lady, was appointed wet-nurse of the cats. The people laughed at the matter and were rather astonished.” Another funny thing is told in the Makura no sòshi, namely that the Emperor Ichijö bestowed the fifth rank (that of the court ladies) upon a cat in the Palace, and gave her the name of “Myöbu no Omoto,” “Omoto the Lady-in-waiting.”
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Visser, Marinus Willem de, 1876-1930. The Dog And the Cat In Japanese Superstition. Yokohama, 1909. p. 8.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

wordless vintage wednesday

from the museum collection

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

sitting cat, 1918

  • Gift of G.A. de Graag (PD)  http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.205698
  • https://www.rijksmuseum.nl
Here is another wonderful Julie deGraag, for no reason other than I love it and want you to love it too.  Look at those shoulder stripes!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

draw a hedgehog in french

By patricia m from france (les animaux 55) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
From a French book of drawing instructions titled "Les Animaux tels qu'ils sont" (Animals As They Are):  here is how you draw Le Herisson, The Hedgehog.  Bonus! Le Porc-Epic (porcupine!) at the bottom!
Would you like to see the whole book?  It has instructions for a very large variety of animals, and is lovely in its own right. Here you are.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

two tender creatures

Smithsonian American Art Museum http://edan.si.edu/saam/id/object/1977.92

"Sit for me just a little," I imagine J. Alden Weir saying to his wife Anna sometime round 1890. "I want to paint you exactly as you are right now."  The result was this small impressionistic oil "Portrait of a Lady with a Dog (Anna Baker Weir),"  kept in the family till the 1970's.  (The dog's name was Gyp.)  Weir was a member of "The Ten," the breakaway group of American artists that challenged stylistic and exhibition norms of the time. An interesting and detailed account of Weir can be found on the NPS.gov site of his farm, here.