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British Museum Photo 2017-09-05 13:07

This striking turquoise mask is from Mexico and was made around 500 years ago. It likely depicts Xiuhtecuhtli, the Aztec god of fire. His name means ‘Turquoise Lord’, and this mask is made out of tiny pieces of the precious stone mounted on wood. Masks of Aztec deities were probably worn by impe...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-04 13:35

Our #Scythians exhibition opens next week! Discover the horse-riding, steppe-roaming, bow-slinging nomads who left behind beautiful objects like this gold plaque. It was originally stitched onto clothing with many other identical plaques, secured using the tiny holes around the edges. It d...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-04 12:56

As it’s the first day back to school for many today, here’s a piece of homework that was handed in over 3,300 years ago!

This cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia shows four lines of text written by a student – perhaps a proverb – with a teacher or parent’s writing on the back for them to c...

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 10: stitching the support fa...

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 10: stitching the support fa...: Re-stitching this amazing Chinese embroidery to its support takes great concentration – the whole process takes two conservators more than a week! This video shows how the 8th-century Vulture Peak embroidery is being readied ...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-03 09:00

Made around 500 BC in China, this gold dagger handle is astonishingly elaborate. In ancient China, gold and silver were not as prestigious as they are now – jade or bronze were much more highly prized. Gold items were rare, and made using well-established techniques for creating bronze like ca...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-02 13:00

Hypnos was the ancient Greek god of sleep. His wings allowed him to move swiftly over land and sea, and to fan the foreheads of the weary until they fell asleep. His son was Morpheus, the personification of dreams.

This 2,000-year-old Roman sculpture is based on an ancient Greek original...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-02 08:00

The Great Fire of London started #onthisday in 1666. This print by Wenceslaus Hollar shows the old St. Paul's Cathedral in flames. The fire started in a bakery in Pudding Lane, and rapidly spread through the mostly wooden medieval heart of London. Major landmarks including Saint Paul’s were de...

British Museum Photo 2017-09-01 10:26

September is so called as it was the seventh month of the Roman calendar – ‘septem’ means seven. In this print by Jacobus Harrewyn from 1698 we can see the Roman goddess Diana. She’s known as the goddess of the hunt, protector of wildlife and goddess of women and childbirth. http://ow.ly/ZGpG30eCFgb

British Museum Photo 2017-08-31 16:10

The Roman emperor Caligula was born #onthisday in AD 12. The nickname Caligula means ‘Little Boot’ – his real name was Gaius. Caligae were the hobnailed boots used by the Roman army.

This gold aureus coin from AD 40 was found as part of a hoard in southern India. Roman trading networks were ...

Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca - British Museum 2017-08-30 18:00

The Hajj pilgrimage begins today. An annual journey to the holy city of Mecca, every Muslim must take part at least once in their lifetime if they are able. Millions of pilgrims from across the world complete the Hajj every year – here are some key things you need to know.

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 9: turning the embroidery

Conserving Vulture Peak | Episode 9: turning the embroidery: The conservation of the Vulture Peak embroidery is nearly complete! This video looks at the delicate operation of turning the 8th-century Chinese textile over onto its new backing board so it can be displayed for many years to come.
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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-01-23 19:48

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Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-01-23 14:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Steyr K98k Rifle During the Second World War, German military forces were armed with rifles manufactured by a variety of contractors across Europe. An Austrian version of the Mauser 98k carbine, these arms were produced at Steyr, Austria after Germany had taken over that country. Other rifles produced at the Steyr factory during this period marked with the Steyr WWII 660 code were also marked as "L" for Luftwaffe, or "M" for Navy utilization. Caliber: 7.9mm Production Dates: 1940-1944 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history #WWII