The Curious Origin of the Curio

What is a Curio and how are these marvels overlooked by the modern world? Well, first you must understand the meaning behind the word ‘Curio‘ and a bit of their history to boot.


As defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary,


noun cu·rio \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō\

plural curios

  1. :  something (as a decorative object) considered novel, rare, or bizarre :curiosity; also:  an unusual or bizarre person

The Curio in History

As early as the years 1300-1500 A.D. or the ‘End of the Middle Ages’ people have been actively fascinated with building collections of strange or unusual items. They may be naturally derived or man-made items with such personality that they attract a specialized interest in them. As the middle ages came to their woeful cusp, an entirely different world became possible. Appreciation of art and literature and a voracious appetite for knowledge birth the Renaissance era that changed the way human beings evolved. One of the most engaging past times of this period was exploration. Men (and a few women) from all over Europe were attempting to broaden the scope of human understanding of the world around them. During these travels to distant lands, these intrepid persons would bring back all matter of goods that were either kept for personal interest or purchased by the very wealthy.

Curios have always been a sort of escape for people. A way of traveling to exotic lands without leaving the comfort of their own home. One of the very first and probably the least well-known of these collections was created by a gentlemen from Denmark, a certain ‘Old Worm.’ He is best known in the medical field as a student of embrology

Curio Cabinets and their Marvels

How Curios relate to Magick