Sake cup

Sake cup

Sake cup Signed on the baseJapanese, 19th centuryLacquerware Ready to welcome in the New Year, our Object of the Month for January is this sake (rice wine) cup with a design that symbolises good fortune, prosperity, and longevity. A crane and a turtle can be seen next...
Coffer

Coffer

Miniature coffer UnsignedJapanese, late 16th or early 17th centuryLacquerware in the nanban style with inlaid shell and copper fittings There are a few examples in Denys Eyre Bower’s collection of what is known as nanban or ‘southern barbarian’ lacquerware. Usually in...
Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots In the style of Nicholas Hilliardc. 1587Oil on Canvas Our Object of the Month unravels the famous story of treason, plot, and martyrdom committed by Mary Stuart, otherwise known as Mary, Queen of Scots. It is a traditional oil-on-canvas piece. The...
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...