British Museum

Oxus Treasure

Object type<p>Museum number<p>123941<p>Title (series)<p>Oxus Treasure<p>Description<p>Circular gold plaque ornament: with embossed decoration showing the head of a …

History

The currency of communism

This display looks at the changing roles of currency and exchange in communist states in the century since the 1917 Russian Revolution.<p>Communism …

History

The revolutionary design of communist currencies

<b>(CNN) —</b> The British Museum explores the history and design of communist banknotes in its latest exhibition, open this week. But the show's title, "The Currency of Communism," is -- in theory -- a contradiction in terms, according to curator Thomas Hockenhull.<p>"Under full communism, or Marxist …

Museums

drawing

Object type<p>Museum number<p>1891,0511.36<p>Description<p>Portrait of a young black man, formerly called 'A Portrait of Frank Barber, Dr Johnson's black …

History

Looted Benin bronzes to be lent back to Nigeria

A group of major cultural institutions in the UK and Europe, including the British Museum, will meet in the Netherlands next year to finalise plans …

Museums

Using art to blur the line between 'us' and 'them'

He's at the Met in New York and the British Museum in London. One of his books is becoming an opera. On Bowen Island in B.C., Michael Nicoll …

Art

writing-tablet

Object type<p>Museum number<p>1986,1001.128<p>Description<p>Wood writing tablet. On one side is the draft of a letter (331). On the reverse is a complete line …

History

For Old Masters and Art Students Alike, Drawing Is a Way to Unlock Creativity

RISD drawing class. Courtesy of Jo Sittenfeld.At a recent exhibition opening at the RISD Museum, visitors could be seen with magnifying glasses …

Art

At RISD, drawing anything but conclusions

PROVIDENCE — A tubby snake-man slouches about in shabby clothes and work shoes, forked tongue flickering, like a half-remembered dream image anybody …

Boston

Events - Digital workshop - Little feet: animal patterns

Spot different animal patterns and use tablets together to make a 3D animal model to take home. For under 5s and their parents and carers.<p>Age: Under 5<p>…

History

Events - Late - Scythians late

Come to the Museum for a special late event that breathes modern life into the ancient cultures of Siberia with music, performances and creative …

History

Neil MacGregor: why Britain stands alone when it comes to religion

Britain is trying to become the first society to function without religious belief at its core, according to the former director of the British Museum.<p>In his new BBC Radio 4 series, Living With The Gods, Neil MacGregor traces “40,000 years of believing and belonging”.<p>The 30-part programme, …

Atheism

British Museum and BBC team up to explore belief through objects

Living With the Gods will include exhibition and 30-part radio series hosted by venue’s ex-director Neil MacGregor<p>Patterns of shared belief and ritual over 40,000 years, from the ice age to the present day, are to be explored in an ambitious 30-part radio series and exhibition at the British Museum.<p>…

Culture

Living with gods: highlight objects

For thousands of years, belief has been an integral part of human societies, and has taken many forms – prayer, ritual, pilgrimage. The exhibition …

History

Living with gods

The exhibition includes objects of belief from societies around the world and through time. It begins with a remarkable 40,000-year-old mammoth ivory …

Museums

The Lion Man: an Ice Age masterpiece

The Lion Man is a masterpiece. Sculpted with great originality, virtuosity and technical skill from mammoth ivory, this 40,000-year-old image is 31 …

Museums

Ancient mummies take HK by storm

The mummies are here - but not for much longer.<p>The hugely popular exhibition Eternal Life - Exploring Ancient Egypt resulted from the mummies being …

Archaeology

Free And Cheap Things To Do In London This Week: 9-15 October 2017

<b>PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS:</b> Non-binary portraits and Dubai's elite are just a couple of the topics explored at the Magnum and LensCulture Awards, where you …

London

What Black History Month means to me

I have always felt lucky because I grew up in Jamaica just as it became independent. We turned to our history to create a collective national …

History

Living with gods: a new partnership project with BBC Radio 4

For the last 40,000 years – for as long as human beings have had the same sort of brain as we do – groups of people living together have tried to …

History

'Most important' Ely Bronze Age gold torc on display

<b>One of England's "most important Bronze Age finds" has gone on display for the first time near to where it was found.</b><p>The £220,000 gold torc was unearthed by metal detectorists in an east Cambridgeshire field last year.<p>It was probably left as a "gift to the gods" and its diameter is "larger than any …

Archaeology

Learn the Key Difference Between Private and Public Museums

While most art museums charge admission, some are public and some are private, and ticket prices have little to do with this distinction. Like other …

Museums

Events - Special event - MUSO presents: The Unsung Scythians

The virtuoso musical improvisers of Impropera create the first (and perhaps last!) opera all about the ancient Scythians of the Siberian steppe, as …

History

From Siberia with love

For an ancient civilisation that left no written records, we know a surprising amount about the Scythians. These nomadic people from Siberia …

Archaeology

Danseuse / L'Eau-Forte

Object type<p>Museum number<p>1905,0414.457<p>Title (object)<p>Danseuse<p>Title (series)<p>L'Eau-Forte<p>Description<p>Plate 42: A young ballet dancer seated, left leg …

History

Pavlova (No 5), in 'Le Cygne'

Feedback<p>If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org<p>Object …

History

Horses: a Scythian’s best friend

Have you ever found yourself wondering who was the first person to decide to jump on a horse and ride it?<p>It’s a good chance that it was a …

History

print

This is first state before parallel shading on the neck of the donkey at right, for other impressions and a counterproof see also F,4.155-156; F,7.5; …

History

Priceless golden torc from Snettisham hoards could go on display at King’s Lynn Museum

<b>PUBLISHED:</b> 12:16 03 October 2017 | <b>UPDATED:</b> 12:16 03 October 2017<p>The Great Torc found at Snettisham. Picture: Archant library<p>Archant © 2005<p>One of …

Archaeology