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Hand Collection

"The Hand: A Multifaceted Marvel of Human Anatomy" The hand, a remarkable creation, is not merely an appendage but a gateway to our sensory and motor abilities

Background imageHand Collection: Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963

Sobranie cigarettes advertisement, 1963
Advertisement for Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes, available in a variety of fancy rainbow colours with gold tips - like all the best parties well bred, well dressed and perfectly packed. Date: 1963

Background imageHand Collection: Sensory homunculus

Sensory homunculus
This model shows what a mans body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its sensory perception

Background imageHand Collection: Carduelis spinus, Eurasian siskin

Carduelis spinus, Eurasian siskin
Plate 37 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 3 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageHand Collection: Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899

Advertisement for Horners patent Dorcas thimble, 1899
Advertisement for Charles Horners patent Dorcas thimble, as worn by a quarter of a million ladies. This thimble has a steel core, lined with two layers of silver

Background imageHand Collection: The Holy Night, oil on canvas, or Carlo Maratta Carlo Maratta (1625-1713), Gemldegalerie, Dresden

The Holy Night, oil on canvas, or Carlo Maratta Carlo Maratta (1625-1713), Gemldegalerie, Dresden Germany Dresden, Gemldegalerie Painting Baroque, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageHand Collection: Praying hands, art by Durer

Praying hands, art by Durer
Durers Praying Hands. Sketch by the German artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) of praying hands (1508). Durer did much to introduce the Renaissance style of art to northern Europe

Background imageHand Collection: Motor homunculus model

Motor homunculus model. Parts of the body are sized according to how much space the brain gives to controlling the movement of that part of the body

Background imageHand Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
King Arthur welcomes the Green Knight into the Banqueting Hall and invites him to dismount and eat with the company. Everyone is amazed to see the unexpected visitor

Background imageHand Collection: Cave of the hands, Argentina

Cave of the hands, Argentina
Olympus Digital Camera

Background imageHand Collection: Palmistry map of the hand

Palmistry map of the hand
A palmistry map of the hand, labelling the different areas

Background imageHand Collection: Motor homunculus

Motor homunculus
This model shows what a mans body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its movement

Background imageHand Collection: Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster

Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Poster
Poster, Portsmouth, Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Spithead Air Ferry to and from the island, winter fare seven shillings and sixpence return, seven services daily

Background imageHand Collection: Charles and Flora McDonald

Charles and Flora McDonald
Prince Charles Edward Stuart bids farewell to Flora MacDonald who aided his escape

Background imageHand Collection: Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, with the Holy Grail and the staff that flowered

Icon of St. Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury, with the Holy Grail and the staff that flowered, by the hand of a Monk of the Brotherhood of St. Seraphim of Sarov

Background imageHand Collection: Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole

Oriolus oriolus, Eurasian golden oriole
Plate 31 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageHand Collection: Cricketing Record 1932

Cricketing Record 1932
Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes score a record opening partnership of 555

Background imageHand Collection: Poster advertising Linherr Vermouth

Poster advertising Linherr Vermouth, showing an elegant woman sipping from a glass. circa 1950s

Background imageHand Collection: Westfield SEI British

Westfield SEI British

Background imageHand Collection: A Garden Guide - Extracting a Weed from a Lawn

A Garden Guide - Extracting a Weed from a Lawn
Illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a typically convoluted method of weeding a garden lawn. A man is hosted by ropes supported by a teepee configuration of poles worked by

Background imageHand Collection: Cid Officers as Dockers

Cid Officers as Dockers
C.I.D officers cunningly disguised as dockers during investigations into drug smugglers at Limehouse Docks, London. One man (r) has a hook for a hand!

Background imageHand Collection: Ballet / Firebird 1914

Ballet / Firebird 1914
An elaborately dressed woman with a firebird on her hand: a design influenced by the recent Diaghilev ballet, with music by Stravinsky

Background imageHand Collection: Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One

Mills Bomb No 5 hand grenade, used during World War One, 1915. Oval cast iron segmented body with handle and split pin. Marked on base plate with grenade number and maker?s name P B and Company

Background imageHand Collection: High Street, Ayr

High Street, Ayr
The High Street, Ayr, with a tram, a horse-drawn wagon, a horse-drawn cart and a hand delivery cart

Background imageHand Collection: Christ as Salvator Mundi

Christ as Salvator Mundi
FIA5385563 Christ as Salvator Mundi by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); Private Collection; (add.info.: eRobert Simon Fine Art); Photo eFine Art Images; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageHand Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageHand Collection: The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)

The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England)
IMPERIALISM CARTOON, 1882. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. An American cartoon from 1882 depicting John Bull (England) as the octopus of imperialism grabbing land on every continent

Background imageHand Collection: Broken wrist bone, X-ray C017 / 7187

Broken wrist bone, X-ray C017 / 7187
Broken wrist bone. X-ray of the hand of a 12 year old male with a fractured trapezium bone. The trapezium is the leftmost bone in the group of bones at the base of the bad

Background imageHand Collection: Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS

Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS
First World War recruitment poster for the WaC (Womens Army Auxiliary Corps) and WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service). circa 1917

Background imageHand Collection: Motor and sensory homunculi

Motor and sensory homunculi
Sensory and motor homunculi. Computer artwork of a motor homunculus (left) and a sensory homunculus (right). Parts of the body are sized according to how much space the brain gives to processing

Background imageHand Collection: Statue of St Peter, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Statue of St Peter, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Statue of St Peter in the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano (Basilica of St John Lateran) in Rome, Italy. This cathedral is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, ie the Pope

Background imageHand Collection: Sacred Heart of Jesus

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Jesus holds his sacred heart in one hand, raises a pointing finger with the other, warning you not to misbehave

Background imageHand Collection: Alice and Humpty Dumpty

Alice and Humpty Dumpty
" If he smiled much more the ends of his mouth might meet behind, " she thought

Background imageHand Collection: Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel
A Guardian Angel walks hand in hand with a good little French girl

Background imageHand Collection: Esperanza Spalding, 2013. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Esperanza Spalding, 2013. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Esperanza Spalding with the Spring Quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Leo Geovese, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, 2014

Background imageHand Collection: Alice, c. 1918, by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

Alice, c. 1918, by Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920)
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), Italian painter. Alice, c.1918. National Museum of Art. Copenhagen. Denmark

Background imageHand Collection: Poole Pottery - Shaping a pot on the potters wheel

Poole Pottery - Shaping a pot on the potters wheel
Shaping a pot on the potters wheel. Poole Pottery was founded in 1873 on Poole quayside, where it continued to produce pottery by hand before moving its factory operations away from the quay in 1999

Background imageHand Collection: Ardara, Co. Donegal

Ardara, Co. Donegal - a street scene with motor car and people and lots of hand carts. (Location: Republic of Ireland: County Donegal: Ardara). Date: circa early 1900s

Background imageHand Collection: The Diamond, Carndonagh

The Diamond, Carndonagh - a street scene with a market going on at the side of the road. There are people and hand carts. (Location: Republic of Ireland: County Donegal: Carndonagh)

Background imageHand Collection: Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Sheela-na-Gig on the church wall of Killinaboy, Burren, County Clare, Ireland, Europe

Background imageHand Collection: Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon

Falco rusticolus, gyrfalcon
Plate 13 from John Goulds The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 1 (1873). Hand coloured lithograph

Background imageHand Collection: Cruise ship

Cruise ship, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, West Indies, Central America

Background imageHand Collection: Edward Jenner / Thiriat

Edward Jenner / Thiriat
EDWARD JENNER Physician and pioneer of vaccination

Background imageHand Collection: Hiawatha / Wedding / Bride

Hiawatha / Wedding / Bride
Hiawatha with his bride, Minnehaha, walking hand in hand

Background imageHand Collection: The Battle Between Cribb and Molineaux, September 28, 1811, October 3, 1811

The Battle Between Cribb and Molineaux, September 28, 1811, October 3, 1811. Cribbs second was John Gully and his bottle-holder Joe Ward

Background imageHand Collection: Omnibus I, 1895 or 1892, by Anders Zorn

Omnibus I, 1895 or 1892, by Anders Zorn
Anders Zorn (1860-1920). Swedish painter. Omnibus I, 1895 or 1892. National Museum. Stockholm. Sweden

Background imageHand Collection: Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Egypt

Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Egypt
Pharaoh Amenhotep I. Painting on stucco. New Kingdom. 20th Dynasty. 1152-1145 BC. Thebes. Grave 359. Neues Museum. Berlin. Germany

Background imageHand Collection: Cardini - Magician (Richard Valentine Pitchford)

Cardini - Magician (Richard Valentine Pitchford) (1895-1973). Born and raised in Britain (and having served in the British Army in WW1), he worked chiefly in the United States of America

Background imageHand Collection: Sir Donald Cameron, Governor of Tanganyika

Sir Donald Cameron, Governor of Tanganyika
Sir Donald Charles Cameron (1872-1948), Governor of Tanganyika (now Tanzania), seen here at Kigoma on 8 September 1928. He served as Governor from 1925 to 1931




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"The Hand: A Multifaceted Marvel of Human Anatomy" The hand, a remarkable creation, is not merely an appendage but a gateway to our sensory and motor abilities. As depicted in the Sensory Homunculus and Motor Homunculus models, this intricate structure holds immense significance in our daily lives. Exploring the palmistry map of the hand reveals how ancient cultures believed that every line on our hands held secrets about our destinies. Similarly, the Cave of the Hands in Argentina showcases prehistoric art where early humans left their mark through handprints. In literature, Sir Gawain's encounter with the Green Knight by William McLaren highlights both bravery and vulnerability as he faces his adversary with trembling hands. Meanwhile, Albrecht Durer's iconic artwork "Praying Hands" captures devotion and faith through delicate fingers intertwined. Moving forward in time, Portsmouth's aviation poster symbolizes progress and innovation as aircrafts soar above open palms. Charles and Flora McDonald exemplify unity as they hold hands while facing life's challenges together. On a different note, propaganda posters from Wonsan City in North Korea depict clenched fists representing strength and determination amidst adversity. In contrast, Cid Officers portrayed as dockers emphasize hard work and resilience within their community. Lastly, let us not forget the Westfield SEI British car - its sleek design allows drivers to experience exhilaration at their fingertips while navigating roads with precision akin to a motor homunculus model. From palmistry to art masterpieces; historical events to modern innovations – each aspect sheds light on how hands shape our world physically, emotionally, and culturally. The hand truly embodies humanity’s ability to create beauty or wield power; it remains an enduring symbol of connection between individuals across time and space.