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British Museum Photo 2018-10-05 08:30

Medals aren’t just for athletic achievements or military honours, they can beautiful and significant works of art in their own right.

This exceptionally detailed gold medal was designed in the 17th century and is just over 6cm across. It shows King Charles II in Roman military dress standing...
Making beauty: Suda Kenji - British Museum 2018-10-04 09:30

Making beauty: Suda Kenji - British Museum 2018-10-04 09:30

Making beauty: Suda Kenji: It takes a whole year for woodwork artist Suda Kenji to make these exquisite hand-crafted boxes.

Made using a traditional woodcraft technique called ‘sashimono’, they’re so finely made no glue or nails are required to hold them together. Over 20 layers of lacque...

British Museum Photo 2018-10-01 11:51

October takes its name from being the 8th month of the Roman calendar – octō means 8 in Latin.

This autumnal watercolour of the British countryside was made in the 19th century by Cecil Lawson.

What’s your favourite season?

British Museum Photo 2018-09-27 07:00

Armour and weaponry defined the samurai’s authority on the battlefield and their role as a judge and law-maker.

This complete, matching set of armour was made in the 1700s and produced for a member of the powerful Mori family – samurai lords based in western Japan. During this time Japan was...

British Museum Photo 2018-09-23 09:00

Today is the equinox – when day and night are equal. This 2,600-year-old tablet reported an equinox to the Assyrian King #Ashurbanipal

It was part of the king’s library of thousands of clay tablets including letters, magic, texts for predicting the future, as well as myths and legends...

British Museum Photo 2018-09-22 08:00

‘I pierced the throats of raging lions, each with a single arrow’ – King #Ashurbanipal

In Assyria lion hunting was a royal ‘sport’. Although this is cruel to modern eyes, it represented the king’s ability to protect his nation against all that was dangerous in the world. Ashurbanipal com...

British Museum Photo 2018-09-19 09:11

These finely decorated porcelain flasks depict dragons – on the left with lotus flowers, and on the right between waves.

They were commissioned by the Ming dynasty Yongle emperor between 1403 and 1424 and were probably used by the imperial family as wine decanters. Their shape was inspired by...

British Museum Photo 2018-09-15 08:00

This magnificent aerial view of Venice took three years to produce and is nearly three metres wide!

It’s created from six different woodblock prints and was made by Italian artist Jacopo de’ Barbari in 1500. You can see it on display in Room 90a.

British Museum Photo 2018-09-09 08:00

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec died #onthisday in 1901. This print shows Irish singer May Belfort who performed in Parisian nightclubs in the late 1800s, often clutching her small black cat.
Swimming reindeer sculpture - British Museum 2018-09-08 08:00

Swimming reindeer sculpture - British Museum 2018-09-08 08:00

Swimming reindeer sculpture: This swimming reindeer sculpture was made around 13,000 years ago. It’s sculpted from a mammoth tusk, and was found in southwest France. The reindeer were originally thought to be two separate sculptures, and it was only discovered in the 1930s that they were mea...

British Museum Photo 2018-09-01 08:00

September is so called as it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar – ‘septem’ means seven. This print shows the Roman goddess Diana, who was known as the goddess of the hunt, protector of wildlife and goddess of women and childbirth. It was made by Dutch printmaker Jacobus Harrewyn in 1698...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-30 06:30

In 2005, Banksy installed this ‘cave painting’ in one of our galleries without permission, and without anyone noticing. He gave it a fake identification number and label, and it remained on the wall for three days before the Museum was alerted to the prank via Banksy’s website! 🤦‍

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Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: