Sloane’s Artificial Collections

Alongside natural artefacts, Sloane collected man-made objects, including scientific instruments, coins and medals and artefacts which we would categorise today as ethnographic items. Sloane was fascinated by natural objects which were manipulated by the hand of man, and found the reconciliation of nature and man to be of great interest. In a period of cultural exchange, made possible by advancements in travel, it is no wonder Sloane became fascinated by different cultures and their customs.
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