Carried Away: Bags Unpacked features bags from Auckland Museum’s Applied Arts and Design collection, alongside key pieces from the History, Māori and Pacific collections. Each bag is rich with stories of innovative design, indigenous traditions and personal stories. Below is a selection of bags that are favourites amongst visitors and Museum staff.
Post by: Grace Lai, Curator of Applied Arts and Design
Description: Bag, purse, mirror, pills
Accession number: T1539
This kidney-shaped handbag in midnight black leather is hands-down a fan favourite, with many visitors exclaiming their delight upon their meeting, and I can see why. The shape is not only pleasing, with its gentle curves, but also erganormic, with a slight dip in the centre to allow the arm to fit through comfortably.
Its popularity is further cemented when it is revealed that when it was being catalogued by our team, two little tablets were discovered wedged between its internal pocket and interior lining. This begged the question, what kind of pills are they and who left them there? Due to the age of the tablets and the vigorous conservation process objects undergo when they come into the Museum, testing has not been able to reveal their secrets.
So the mystery remains, which encourages the imagination to take over and get us to think about the secret lives of the objects we carry around with us.