The sender of the 150th postcard anniversary card from Bulgaria also sent me this one! These are some artifacts that can be found in the Regional Ethnographic Museum of Plovdiv, the second-largest city in the country. Plovdiv is a city in a province of the same name, just a little southwest of the country’s center, and it’s considered the be Bulgaria’s “culture capital”. By the way – “ethnography” is the study of cultures through the individuals that are part of the specific group being studied. Through ethnography, observers can experience all the things about a group that might otherwise be overlooked in textbooks and other sources – this includes emotions, visuals, and a way to simply “humanize” data. This gets observers closer to a firsthand experience and relies less on data from outside sources. Of course, it’s a bit tough to do that for groups that existed in the past, but that’s what the museum is for! Created in 1917, it contains over 40,000 artifacts related to the Plovdiv region, which includes things like pottery, utensils, textiles, musical instruments, and ancient weapons like these you see here. While I think the term “ancient weapons” is used loosely in this context as these date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, you can imagine how these sorts of artifacts can allow visitors to get a little closer to immersing themselves in an ethnographic experience in Plovdiv’s culture. Also, fun fact: item #7 here is a gunpowder box made from deer horn. The heart and flowers make it kinda cute – I guess even gun-wielders need to adorn their gear with the latest fashionables! Thank you so much for all your kindness and generosity, Gergana!