Cuneiform tablet

Cuneiform tablet

Cuneiform tablet Maker unknownBabylonian, 569 BCClay This tiny clay tablet is part of a small number of cuneiform tablets in the Castle’s collection. It was made in the 6th century BC in Babylon, a kingdom in ancient Mesopotamia, which is located in the area of...
Prayer Wheel

Prayer Wheel

Buddhist prayer wheel Maker unknownTibetan, 19th centuryInlaid stones on bronze drum with horn handle The object of the month for January is this Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel. It is a handheld prayer wheel designed for personal use. Inside the prayer wheel is a...
Natsume

Natsume

Natsume (tea container) Maker unknown Japanese, 19th century Lacquerware Our choice for the Object of the Month this December was inspired by the colder weather. It is a gold lacquer tea container or natsume with a stylised design resembling falling snowflakes....
Unfinished Portrait of Charles II

Unfinished Portrait of Charles II

Unfinished portrait of Charles II Samuel Cooper (1609 - 1672) Early 1660s Watercolour on vellum (prepared animal skin), set in an oval brass frame with glass The Object of the Month for November is this miniature of Charles II, painted by the famous portrait artist...
Wrathful Guardian

Wrathful Guardian

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. Statue of Palden Lha-Mo Maker unknown Tibet, 19th century Gilt bronze with turquoise inlay This miniature gilt-bronze statue is an example of a Tibetan...
Picnic Set

Picnic Set

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this blog post, curator Naomi Collick discusses this luxurious Japanese lacquer picnic set.  Picnic Set Japanese Maker unknown 17th Century Lacquer...