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British Museum Photo 2017-08-17 11:30

This terracotta plaque from the 1st century AD shows the drama of a Roman chariot race. The four-horse chariot (quadrigae) thunders towards the turning post, the most dangerous part of the course. Charioteers (aurigae) wrapped the reins around their waists, steering the chariot by shifti...

Iznik at British Museum shop online - British Museum 2017-08-16 16:59

Made in 1545, this large basin is painted with a pattern of blue medallions and cloud scrolls, surrounded by tall stalks of bluebells. This type of decorated ceramic is known as İznik, named after a town in modern-day Turkey that became the centre of pottery production for the Ottoman Empire duri...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-08-16 10:20

These types of masks are worn at potlatches – gift-giving feasts practiced by the people of the Northwest Coast of North America. On the left is a moon mask, and on the right a bear mask, both made by the Kwakwaka'wakw. Central to the potlatch is the distribution of wealth by the host to all t...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-08-15 14:46

It’s 70 years since the Indian Independence Act was passed – today Indians celebrate a national holiday.

On the left is a shadow puppet of Gandhi, a pivotal figure in Indian independence and pioneer of non-violent protest. Shadow theatre is an ancient art form, and Gandhi championed tradit...

British Museum Photo 2017-08-14 12:56

This colourful watercolour showing pansies and ferns is by Pre-Raphaelite landscape painter John Brett. He’s known for the vibrant tones and stunning detail of his works. This was completed in 1862 when the artist produced a series of small flower studies using watercolour to show his mastery of the...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-08-12 14:00

The Chinese Yongle emperor died #onthisday in 1424. These examples of world-famous Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain were all produced during his reign – a time when court patronage advanced the quality of porcelain production. The intricate patterns were applied before glazing, and created ...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-08-12 08:00

British poet, printmaker and artist William Blake died #onthisday in 1827. Blake developed his own style of illustrated poems – he worked at the same time as Romantic poets and painters, but his style remained distinct. Here are three examples of his powerful work completed in pen, ink and w...

British Museum Photo 2017-08-11 10:42

This unusual object is thought to have been created by an antiques dealer in the early 19th century, concocted from old and new parts. The bottom section is made from a German Renaissance sculpture depicting the prophet Jonah and a whale, with the top part added to turn it into a salt cellar.
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British Museum Photo 2017-08-17 11:30

This terracotta plaque from the 1st century AD shows the drama of a Roman chariot race. The four-horse chariot (quadrigae) thunders towards the turning post, the most dangerous part of the course. Charioteers (aurigae) wrapped the reins around their waists, steering the chariot by shifting their weight. Races were held over 7 laps of a ‘circus’ – a long narrow arena with a tight turn at each end. The largest was the Circus Maximus in Rome, capable of holding 200,000 spectators.