Mustaches, Museums and Movember

After spending so long being a bit beardy,  I’ve decided to shave it all off and start again with something a bit different in order to raise money for that facial-hair themed charity movement Movember.

If you would like to sponsor my moustache-growing-for-good-causes antics, here’s the link: http://uk.movember.com/mospace/7130617

To get in the mustache growing mood, I thought it might be fun to have a look at some mustachioed museum-y things.

Sutton Hoo Helmet

Sutton Hoo Helmet

Sutton Hoo Helmet

Kicking things off is the most famous helmet in all of Jolly Old England; the Sutton Hoo Helmet. It sports a tidy little mustache that you might not notices initially.

It’s *much* clearer on the replica version of the helmet. 

The contrasting colours of the metals really help to emphasize the facial hair.

Was the ‘tache a status-symbol to the Anglo-Saxons?

Duchamp’s Mona Lisa

Duchamp's Mona Lisa, LHOOQ

Duchamp’s Mona Lisa, LHOOQ

Here is Duchamp’s interpretation of the Mona Lisa or, to give you the work’s proper name ‘LHOOQ,’ which is apparently a french pun meaning “She’s hot in the bum” (Duchamp gave a more poetic translation in an interview in which he said it meant “There is a fire down below.”

The use of facial hair is playful here and I like to think La Giaconda  had great fun twirling the ends of her fabulous ‘tasche.

Are there any other beared ladies on display anywhere?

The Horniman Walrus

Horniman Walrus

The Horniman Walrus

Everyone’s favouite over-stuffed friend with whiskers to die for. Need I say more?

I love him and so should you.

He has recently returned from a trip to Margate, so if you happen to be in Forest Hill, in South East London do stop in and say hello.

Lord Byron

eorge Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron replica by Thomas Phillips

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron replica by Thomas Phillips

This painting, hanging in the National Portrait Gallery features a finely mustachioed Lord Byron in an Albanian garb. Although it met with mixed reviews at the time, a poet named Leigh Hunt said of it: ‘by far the best that has appeared; I mean the best of him at his best time of life, and the most like him in features as well as expression’ so it had at least one fan, which is nice.

You can see him hanging on the wall of room 18 ( note: location correct at time of writing, but these things have a habit of wandering around…)

Iron Nose Protector

iron nose protector

iron nose protector

Museums are an interesting field to work in. One of the more fun aspects of the job is coming across some really quite weird objects. This is one such object from the collection at National Museums Scotland.

A nose protector. With added whiskers. Amazing.

A samurai would add this – or something very similar- to his helmet to make him look, and I quote, “more fierce.”

You wouldn’t mess with a man with a ‘tashe like that now, would you!

I hope you enjoyed that journey through museum mustaches. As you’ve been so good, here’s a bonus picture.

British Museum security staff c. 1902.

British Museum security staff c. 1902.

It appears that having a mustache was compulsory if you wanted to work as part of the security team at the British Museum…

If you’ve enjoyed this post, then what better way than to make a donation to Movember and help raise funds for men’s cancer charities.

Thank you!

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