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It’s #WorldPoetryDay! 🧾✏

This Chinese scroll was painted by Ma Hezhi in the 12th century. It consists of ten scenes illustrating poems from China’s oldest poetry anthology, ‘Shijing’ (‘Book of Odes’), dating from 1000–600 BC.

The second scene, shown here, is titled ‘White Elms a...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-20 17:38

It’s the #FirstDayOfSpring! 🌻🌷🌼🌹

Artist Mary Delany created 985 of these extraordinarily detailed paper collages of flowers, and only started when she was 72! Often mistaken for watercolours, the botanically accurate works are actually made from tiny pieces of paper built up in layers s...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-19 17:24

Different strands of manga have evolved for different audiences – ‘shōnen’ manga is aimed at young men and ‘shōjo%E2 manga at young women.

Higashimura Akiko is a manga artist inspired by shōjo manga. She created the award-winning series ‘Princess Jellyfish’, in which the protagonist loves jellyfish and ...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2019-03-16 10:00

We’ve been busy installing the dynamic works of Edvard Munch ahead of our special exhibition opening next month.

Our team have been working with colleagues from Munch Museum to get the Norwegian artist’s work ready for display. The exhibition will take a closer look at Munch’s life – his bohemi...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-14 10:10

One of the most impressive objects on display in our new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world is this intricately decorated brass ewer, made in Afghanistan in the 12th century.

Our scientists scanned this object in the Museum’s X-ray laboratory to discover more about how it was c...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-13 10:00

This magnificent 19th-century garment was probably worn by a female member of the Ottoman court in Turkey. Made of velvet, it is embroidered with gold arabesque motifs – a common design in Islamic art.

The arabesque is a pattern usually comprised of scrolling leaves – it can be a small decor...
Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt

Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt

Laser cleaning of a wall painting from Byzantine Egypt: This 6th-century wall painting from Byzantine Egypt recently received a pioneering conservation treatment using the latest laser technology.

Our scientists and conservators explain the process and more about the object in this video.
Science and conservation at the British Museum

Science and conservation at the British Museum

Science and conservation at the British Museum: It’s #BritishScienceWeek 🧪🔬

Did you know the Museum has had a science department since 1920? Every object in the collection is cared for by a dedicated team of scientists and conservators. Get a glimpse into their world in this behind-the-scen...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-10 11:00

It’s the last day of our special #MunchExhibition early bird ticket offer! 😱

Explore the man behind ‘The Scream’ – his innovative art, radical ideas, and emotional turmoil. Don’t miss out – book tickets today:

British Museum Photo 2019-03-10 09:48

Have you ever seen a hippopotamus brewing beer? Or a lion playing a board game? 🍻

In these 3,000-year-old fragments of Egyptian papyrus, the world is turned upside down as animals take on human roles. There’s a cat waiting on a mouse, a hippo making beer, and an animated board game betwe...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-09 09:00

In manga, images rule supreme – the Japanese characters for manga translate as ‘pictures run riot’ or ‘pictures unbounded’.

Sound effects are often drawn into the composition of manga, making them part of the image, and onomatopoeia is also used to suggest sounds. ‘Blue Giant Supreme’ by ...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-08 10:17

Today is #InternationalWomensDay!

From artists to athletes, sorceresses to scientists – our curators pick some of their favourite female figures from the collection in this blog:

This bronze statuette of a running girl was probably made in Sparta a...
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