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Top 10 cutest objects from V&A Collections

From Hello Kitty kettles to centuries-old miniature sculptures, we’ve collected some pretty cute objects over the years. Here are 10 of the most adorable things you can find in the V&A’s collections.

10. A very mini mouse…

Miniature wooden carving of a mouse

At 3cm tall, this is definitely one of the cutest things in our collection. Tiny and intricately carved, this miniature sculpture is called a netsuke. It was made in Japan in the 1600s to help people carry small items.

9. Chic tiny furniture

Miniature upholstered furniture set

This matching set of mini furniture was made over 160 years ago. The largest pieces are a little over 30 cm in height, making them the perfect place to relax for anyone under two feet tall.

8. Cuddles all round

Dark green sculpture of a boy holding an animal

There is something very sweet about this 600-year-old sculpture of a young boy cuddling his… dog? Otter? Badger? It’s cute whatever it is.

7. Would you like a cuppa from a twee kettle?

Pink and white plastic Hello Kitty kettle

The Hello Kitty cat has a name: Kitty White. According to her creator, Yuko Shimizu, she was born in the suburbs of London.

6. Licca-chan is possibly the cutest doll ever

Licca-chan doll in white dress and pink box

In Japanese culture, ‘-chan’ is added after a name to honour someone that is young, cute or dear to you. For extremely cute things, ‘-tan’ can be used instead.

Just a quick random question – you don’t have to answer it if you don’t want to.

Have you heard of the V&A Museum (or Young V&A)?

A photo of the V&A collection of a toy Jabba the Glob made by Hasbro for the Star Wars film The Phantom Menace. The toy is green and shows Jabba with a frog hanging out of his mouth next to a tub of Star Wars slime.

Yes and I love it! 15%

I already knew about it. 10%

Nope, it’s new to me! 39%

Not really sure what it is? 36%

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5. Grinning from ear to ear

Miniature wooden carving of a woman washing

This is another netsuke. It’s a figure of a woman washing, but it’s the large smile and the round cheeks that do it for us. Adorable.

4. Charming cats on a biscuit tin

Biscuit tin printed with images of kittens

This 1899 biscuit tin features a group of kittens hanging out together, modelling scarves and knocking over egg cups. If this isn’t cute, we don’t know what is.

3. Tiny silver teapot

Toy silver teapot with cover

This 4cm tall silver teapot comes from a 350-year-old keepsake box. Its owner obviously thought it was cute enough to preserve for centuries.

2. When pink was only for girls

Pink satin and leather baby's footwear set

This tiny footwear set was given to Princess Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s aunt. It was meant for Mary’s daughter, but she only had sons. They are pretty adorable though.

1. Such a cu-tea

Miniature ivory carving of a tea bowl and whisk

Finally, another netsuke. This time it’s a tea bowl and whisk, but being so tiny it’s not so perfect for actually whipping up a matcha brew. These adorable ornaments from the 1600s are much sought after pieces of Japan’s art history.