Friday 10 August 2018

Magical Dolls: Healing Kundu at the Horniman Museum

This magical doll is on display in Horniman Museum World Gallery. The label describes it as a curative doll, or 'kundu', from the Philippines, made by Pina and Sario Langi in 2013. The Horniman's website gives a bit more information:
Doll ('kundu'), made of woven basket covered in a piece of clothing, and the whole enclosed in lengths of rattan. It is from the Palawan people, Palawan Island, Philippines.
The Horniman Museum is full of wonderful magical items, including a whole display of charms from around the UK. The staff in its library were also extremely helpful when I was researching my book Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls, which is out this month. I thanked the Horniman Museum in the acknowledgements at the front.

In the run-up to my book launch I have been blogging about magical dolls you can see in museums around England. These include Merrythoughts and Akua'Ba in the Museum of Childhood as well good luck dolls from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. My intention is to show that poppets aren't all about sticking pins and cursing! I'll be blogging about magical dolls in other museums over the next few weeks.

My book is officially published on August 31. On September 8; I will be reading from Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls at Wicca Moon, 50 Well Hall Road, London SE9 6SH at 2pm. For further details contact, call 0208 850 7803 or visit

You will be able to buy copies at Wicca Moon. You can also view Pagan Portals - Poppets and Magical Dolls on Amazon and order the book from Treadwell's.

The Horniman Museum is at 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.

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