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British Museum Photo 2017-12-14 18:30

This wonderful coiled panther pendant was made over 2,000 years ago by the #Scythians. It may have once been inlaid with turquoise. Feline predators were one of the key motifs in Scythian ‘Animal Style’ art, which spanned from the 7th to the 4th century BC.

See this and other examples o...

Ravi Shankar's sitar: taking India to the world

Ravi Shankar's sitar: taking India to the world: Ravi Shankar brought Indian music to the world in the 20th century. His wide-ranging influence spanned from the Beatles to classical. His incredible sitar is on display in our gallery of China and South Asia – now open after a major refurbishment.

The Grenville Jewel - British Museum 2017-12-13 17:00

The Grenville Jewel: This stunning locket was sent from husband to wife during the English Civil War while the political climate kept them apart. Inside is a portrait of Sir Bevil Grenville – a Royalist general from Cornwall who sent this jewel containing his portrait to his wife Lady Grace Grenvi...

British Museum Photo 2017-12-13 12:38

Mosaics were found throughout the Roman Empire – they provided public buildings and houses alike with colourful decoration. Most mosaics were created from small cubes called ‘tesserae’. They could be made of glass, stone or other materials.

This mosaic was made in the 4th century AD, and ad...

British Museum Photo 2017-12-12 17:23

Happy #Hanukkah! The Jewish festival of lights starts tonight, and lasts until 20 December. This is a Hanukkah lamp with eight lights, probably made in the Netherlands in the 18th century. Using a movable candle called the ‘shammash’, one light is lit on the first night, and another ligh...

British Museum Photo 2017-12-12 11:08

The Enlightenment Gallery was reopened #onthisday in 2003. It’s the oldest space in the Museum and features a huge range of objects from natural history specimens and scientific instruments to drawings and sculpture.

Do you have a favourite gallery in the Museum?

Making beauty: Junko Mori - British Museum 2017-12-11 18:39

Making beauty: Junko Mori: ‘Beauty is in oddness... because it’s odd, it catches your eye and you start imagining the story by yourself. That’s art itself, the process of artistic thinking’

Taking inspiration from nature, Japanese artist Junko Mori uses her imagination to turn metal i...

British Museum Photo 2017-12-11 11:34

Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, became an important centre in the production of sumptuous jewellery. Skilled craftspeople used new techniques and imported gemstones to create luxury items which were coveted far and wide. This earring and necklace set shows the skill of Byzan...

Bettany Hughes on warrior women - British Museum 2017-12-10 15:30

‘Not in strength are we inferior to men; the same our eyes, our limbs the same; one common light we see, one air we breathe; nor different is the food we eat… why then are we denied what is bestowed on men’

From Boudicca to the Amazons, historian Bettany Hughes looks at some of the ...

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Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughter Dorothea Graff were pioneering painters and printmakers famous for their scientific illustrations. In 1699 they travelled to Surinam in South America where they made extensive notes and sketches, and collected dried plants and animals preserved in alcohol. The...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-12-09 15:30

These silver furniture ornaments represent the four leading cities of the late Roman world – Rome, Constantinople, Alexandria and Antioch.

Each of these figures are known as a Tyche, after the Greek goddess of luck. They functioned in a similar way to the patron saint of a city might tod...

British Museum Photo 2017-12-09 08:00

Headdresses were vital in the appearance of the #Scythians. Women wore impressive headdresses that were bolstered by a towering spike-like hairstyle. These hairpins were found in Scythian burial mounds, and were carved from wood. They were often covered in metal foils, like the one on the righ...
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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2017-12-15 01:22

On the second day of #12DaysOfSenses, celebrating the new exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience, let's talk about turtles. Sea turtles hatch from eggs that are buried on sandy beaches and emerge at night to crawl to the ocean. How do they know which way to go? One theory suggests these reptiles are guided by moonlight reflecting off the sea—and can be thrown off by artificial light on shore. Another theory proposes that certain species of sea turtle use an "internal magnetic compass." Photo: Pixabay

British Museum Photo 2017-12-14 18:30

This wonderful coiled panther pendant was made over 2,000 years ago by the #Scythians. It may have once been inlaid with turquoise. Feline predators were one of the key motifs in Scythian ‘Animal Style’ art, which spanned from the 7th to the 4th century BC. See this and other examples of the craftsmanship of the #Scythians in our special exhibition! There’s one month left to catch this five-star show – book tickets here: http://ow.ly/WlYk30hegm1 This gold plaque has inspired an exquisite brooch in our online shop – browse our range of beautiful brooches here: http://ow.ly/SfyD30hegcP