Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Treasures of the British Museum

The British Museum in London is dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection of some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, and originates from all continents.

The British Museum was established in 1753 and first opened to the public in 1759.

The Rillaton gold cup. The main body of the cup was beaten out of a single lump of gold of high purity. The corrugated profile would have required great skill to achieve.

The ship-burial at Sutton Hoo, probably dating from the early 7th century and excavated in 1939, is one of the most magnificent archaeological finds in England.

The Fishpool hoard comprises 1,237 coins, four rings, four pieces of jewellery and two lengths of chain. It was probably deposited some time between winter 1463 and summer 1464, during a rebellion against the Yorkist king Edward IV. .

This gold bracelet is part of the Oxus treasure, the most important collection of gold and silver to have survived from the Achaemenid period.

Holy Thorn Reliquary of Jean, duc de Berry. Paris, France, before AD 1397. This reliquary was made to house a relic of the Crown of Thorns, the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.

This highly decorated sacred temple cat dates from c.600 BC

One of the British Museum's Roman treasures is the bust of Pericles.

A Ming dynasty cloisonné enamel jar dating from the 1420s

The Cellini Bell is decorated with insects and plants cast in silver, mid-1500s

One of a pair of maiolica vases with ormolu mounts, circa 1565-1571.

The Ghisi Shield, hammered iron, silver-plated and damascened with gold, about 1600.

This Mughal gold pendant is inlaid with flat-cut rubies and emeralds and a large faceted diamond, in the pattern of a flying bird, against a leafy background of rubies.

The Middleham Jewel was found near Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire in 1985. The diamond-shaped gold pendant is adorned with a large sapphire. It is intricately engraved. 1400AD - 1499AD

Diamond and platinum clip brooch containing an 17th-19th century carved Mughal emerald with a floral motif.

Gold locket with the hair of Queen Marie Antoinette