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In its almost 150 years of existence, the Museum of Ethnoraphy Budapest has amassed nearly 15 000 oceanic artefacts. More than one third of this, 5 500 objects, is due to the collecting activities of Lajos Bíró (1856–1931). This makes Bíró probably the most prolific ethnographic collector in the museum. What also makes the Bíró collection superior to any other collection of its time in terms of scientific value is the nearly 2 500 pages of notes that accompany it, which provide an interpretation of the collection, and the more than 300 photographs that, in their time, gave an unparalleled interpretation of the culture and everyday life of the people who lived there.