A visit to the British Museum
June 15, 2008
Art | Travels

The British Museum, probably my favorite museum in the whole world, is a monument to curiosity, exploration and a refreshingly innocent nineteenth-century sense of national entitlement to the best the world has to offer.

The Great Court of the British Museum, transformed into a glass-covered public space in 2000 for the millennium. More...
Courtyard of British Museum

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Posted by ellen at June 15, 2008 05:09 PM

Here are some of the highlights of our recent visit:

Marble bust of Pericles, 2nd century, CE, after a Greek original. More info...

Giant head of Greek Soldier

Egyptian Canopic Chest and Jars
I like the way he seems to be peering over the top of the box.

Canopic Jars

Nereid Monument
This is the tomb of Erbinna, ruler of Lycian Xanthos, south-west Turkey. The statues are of sea nymphs (Nereids). More info...

Nereid Temple

Assyrian relief

Assyrian Relief

Shell and Fossil collection from the King's Library
King George III created this library and the building was built for it in 1823. It was the first part of the new British Museum building. Besides books, there are 18th century objects and scientific instruments on display, and exhibits which explore the advances of the age. More on the King's Library...

Shells and fossils collection

Cartonnage Case of a mummy


Head from a statue of Amenhotep III, ca. 1400 BC. More on this item
Head from a statue of Amenhotep III

Tiny Terracotta warriors by children, in honor of the "The First Emperor - China's Terracotta Army" show

Terra Cotta Warriors

Modern Chinese Calligraphy
Not the greatest photo but the calligraphy was amazing. This is a portion of a scroll by Li Luogong (1917-1991)

It was difficult to photograph in the glass case, but here is a much better image of the entire scroll:

Modern Chinese Calligraphy by Li Luogong


Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath
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Ethiopian painting


Marble relief, Parthenon, Greece


Terracotta figurines from Cyprus
from Enkomi, tomb 67 Date: 1450BC-1200BC

Terracotta figurines

Brass astrolabe with silver inlay from Isfahan, Iran, AD 1712
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China, bronze dog

Ancient Chinese bronze animal

Cycladic figurine
Early Bronze Age, about 2600-2400 BC. From the Cyclades, Aegean Sea
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Cycladic figurine

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