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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...

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 2017-08-31 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

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.

British Museum Photo 2017-08-30 14:14

This stunning gold pendant was made over 3,500 years ago on the island of Crete. It shows a god in the ‘Master of the Animals’ pose grasping two geese, signifying his control over nature. While this piece is distinctly Minoan, the lotus flowers around him indicate an Egyptian influence. http:...
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The making of "One Hand Clapping"—artist Duan Jianyu painted on site during the installation period to present two sets of sculptural work of cast bronze carrots and baskets. Visitors can find the sculptures on both floors (5 and 7) of the exhibition. The artist was drawn to the anthropomorphic characteristics of carrots (which actually exist in real life as a result of genetic modification), and the implications of humans’ relationship to nature. Learn more:

Middle East Fine Arts Photo 2018-05-24 14:28

Palestinians farmers who forced out from their villages by israelie terrorism in 1948. The 1948 Palestinian exodus (it was not exodus as the wikipedia stated but it was a terrorism act ─ by Hagana and other sionest groups ─, also known as the Nakba (Arabic: النكبة‎, al-Nakbah, literally "disaster", "catastrophe", or "cataclysm"), occurred when more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 Palestine war. Between 400 and 600 Palestinian villages were sacked during the war, while urban Palestine was almost entirely extinguished. The term "nakba" also refers to the period of war itself and events affecting Palestinians from December 1947 to January 1949.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Photo 2018-05-24 14:05

Claude Monet painted six views of the Parc Monceau: three in 1876 and three in 1878. In this canvas, the disposition of light and shade in the foreground, the patterns of the leaves, and the broad contours beginning to develop in areas of strong contrast suggest that Monet had already begun to experiment with the boldly two-dimensional motifs that would characterize his work of the 1880s and 1890s. Featured Artwork of the Day: Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) | The Parc Monceau | 1878

National Gallery Photo 2018-05-24 14:03

Goya's admiration for the Duke of Wellington is apparent from the liveliness and sympathy of his three portraits of the Duke. This portrait was first painted after Wellington's entry into Madrid, and modified two years later after he received further honours. Admire the medals and the man in Room 39: Have you read our #BookoftheMonth for May? With more than 60 outstanding portraits, including drawings and miniatures, discover more of Goya’s technical and stylistic achievements here for only £25:

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-05-24 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - Purdey Shotgun Set We like to give our Facebook followers a little bit extra some days and with this pair of engraved Purdey guns, we know we've succeeded. Each of these two smoothbores has an extra set of barrels, giving each one a choice of 26 inch or 28 inch barrels. Master engraver Ken Hunt embellished both guns with his golden touch and both of these single-trigger masterpieces reside in their original case. Bore: 12 gauge Production Date: circa 1974 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #shotgun

British Museum Photo 2018-05-24 12:38

This bold emblem for Banque Misr (Bank of Egypt) was made around 1960. It depicts Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt, with lotus flowers – symbols of rebirth. The bank was established in 1920 as the first bank owned and managed by Egyptians. It was founded after the 1919 Revolution against British occupation and is still in business today. Recently acquired objects ranging from emblems and everyday items to music records and contemporary art feature in our new free display. The show explores the connections between ancient imagery and the construction of modern identity in 20th-century Egypt. These acquisitions are part of a project to collect objects related to modern Egyptian culture. Two collections have been created – one will be curated at the British Museum, the other will be donated to an institution in Egypt for displays there. The Asahi Shimbun Display ‘The past is present: becoming Egyptian in the 20th century’ is supported by the Asahi Shimbun.