S ome things I describe in this book tend to be hidden away in the corners of big

museums. When I go to museums, I mainly spend my time ferreting around,

peering into dusty display cases, walking off to the ends of long corridors. Mu-

seums are right to put the major artworks front and center, but they are wrong to

hide the other thing-the many objects from the many cultures that never made oil

paintings or marble sculptures.