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British Museum Photo 2018-10-25 10:16

Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro painted this hanging scroll of a courtesan (high ranked sex worker). The fashions and hairstyle of the woman in this powerful and accomplished artwork date it to 1805–1806. As in many of Utamaro’s greatest works, she is shown in a private moment – intently read...
British Museum Video 2018-10-21 09:00

British Museum Video 2018-10-21 09:00

🕶️This print of a 17th-century Bishop was reworked by an anonymous artist around 100 years after it was originally made – he’s shown with a chamber pot and a medicine to induce vomiting 🤢
%0AThe image was used in reference to fraudulent ‘quack’ doctors in the 18th century, and was a general satire on the...

British Museum Photo 2018-10-18 09:13

The ‘Hamzanama’, or Adventures of Hamza, is an epic romance about the legendary exploits of the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle, Amir Hamza. The Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) enjoyed reciting and listening to its tales so much that he commissioned an illustrated version in Persian, the la...

British Museum Photo 2018-10-15 15:00

Roman poet Virgil was born #onthisday in 70 BC. One side of this wooden writing-tablet is inscribed with a line from his poem the Aeneid (shown on the top). It was found in the commanding officer’s residence at Vindolanda, a fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England – right at th...

British Museum Photo 2018-10-13 08:00

‘The English do love a witticism about breaking wind’

Ian Hislop has picked his highlights from our #IObject exhibition, and this print from the late 18th century is one of them. It shows John Bull, the embodiment of Britain, farting at a portrait of King George III. Artist Richard Newt...

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...
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