Heart Scarab

Heart Scarab

Heart Scarab Egypt, 1550 - 1050 BCSteatite This October, the Object of the Month is an Ancient Egyptian heart scarab made out of steatite (a type of easily carved stone), dating from 1550-1050 BC, the New Kingdom of Egypt.  Scarab beetles have become an iconic figure...
Stupa

Stupa

Model Stupa (relic container) Maker unknownTibetan, 18th - 19th centuryGilt bronze with painted image Our Object of the Month for September has recently been brought out from storage and added to the Buddhist Room displays. It is a small gilt bronze model of a stupa,...
War fan

War fan

War fan Japanese, late 18th centuryLacquered wood and paper with gold leaf and a silk cord In premodern Japan, fans were used in daily life for keeping cool in the summer as well as for traditional dance performances. They were a key accessory, usually worn tucked...
Portrait of Henry Benedict

Portrait of Henry Benedict

Portrait of Henry Benedict Stuart Painted in the style of Maurice Quentin de La Tour18th centuryOil on canvas This painting was purchased by Denys Eyre Bower from Christie’s auction house on 13th April 1962. It was painted in the style of Maurice Quentin de La...
Bust of a King

Bust of a King

Black basalt bust  Maker unknownModern, around 1910 - 1930 In the style of an Egyptian bust of the mid-18th dynasty Our choice for Object of the Month for May is an unusual one. Believed to be a highly valuable and important ‘bust of a king’ by its last owner Denys...
Thangka

Thangka

Thangka (Tibetan hanging) Maker unknownTibetan, 18th centuryPainted cotton and silk brocade Our Object of the Month for May is this Tibetan Buddhist thangka - a painted cloth and silk brocade hanging depicting a Buddhist deity. Ready for our reopening on Sunday May...