Things Harriet Thought I Should Take a Picture Of in the Penang State Museum

So George Town is the capital of the state of Penang, which is mostly the island of Penang though it also includes a little bonus on the mainland, and as such it has the Penang State Museum which we marched through. It is not the most spectacular museum in the world, and you are not missing very much if you don’t go. But Harriet demanded that I take a lot of pictures of things, which I am now presenting here that you might get some kind of impression of the museum and what Harriet thought was important in it. Mostly jewels.


There was a picture of a Thai lady in a description of the various people who settled in Penang and Harriet thought she was important.


I think these are Malay wedding costumes, though I might be wrong.


Here are some rings.


Here are some anklets, poorly photographed. All of this was on my phone which doesn’t really do a good job in low light through plexiglass.


More jewels.


Why Harriet was interested in an official seal container I don’t know.


There seemed to be a lot of displays of elaborately constructed shiny fake flowers in the museums of George Town. Maybe people used to be bored and consequently made them. Harriet liked them, though it is hard to imagine any other appreciative audience.


Perhaps a suit worn by older Chinese women of Penang in historic times.


More blouses. Perhaps if Harriet had instructed me to take pictures of the placards accompanying these objects I would be able to tell you something about them but no. Also there might not have been placards? It wasn’t the greatest museum.


Another set of clothes.


I suspect that what she was most interested in here was the jewels.


A man’s suit with similar jewels.


Here you can read the description! which is maybe not very helpful.


I am not sure if that head goes with the body or not.


Harriet reliably loves a sari.


Small jeweled containers.


A large photograph of the Chinese mansion that we stayed in. I am not sure what this was doing in the museum. The photo is basically from where we ate breakfast every morning in George Town.


A lot of jewels.


More jewels, less attractive.


A lady with jewels.


Another lady with jewels.

And now you know what it is like to wander the Penang State Museum with Harriet.

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