Lilliana or Lily, as she was known, was a self taught ethnographer, anthropologist and scientist reminiscent of the Wunderkammer era. She held honorary degrees from both Harvard and Oxford and was known for her world travels and expeditions to gather objects for museums and her own private collection. Unfortunately, a fire in 1989 destroyed most of her unique collection. Few pieces remained and she began working with an artist to recreate parts of her collection from her memory, notes and drawings. It was her wish that this collaboration and subsequent exhibitions would continue after her death.