Poo in a tube
Although working at the Powerhouse Museum as a curator is one of the best jobs around, sometimes people do actually leave their jobs and head out to explore other opportunities. When this happens, there is often an eclectic mix of things left behind on desks, hidden in cupboards, and stuffed into drawers. I am continuously finding amusing things left around my office by an ex-curator.
This week’s find is ‘poo in a tube’. Crocodile poo to be exact. Its tag tells me it was once a prop in the “Taking Precautions: the story of contraception” exhibition held at the Powerhouse 1995.
It is thought that ancient Egyptians used crocodile dung, mixed with milk or honey, internally as a physical barrier. This method is one of the earliest forms of contraception.
Most props from exhibitions get thrown away after the show, the curator at the time obviously couldn’t part with the croc poo, and I’ve grown fond of it sitting on my desk too!