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...
Cockerel vase

Cockerel vase

Cockerel vase Signed YoshiakiJapanese, 19th centurySilver, lacquer, inlaid with coral, ivory, bone, and shell in the Shibayama style This colourful vase with the head and tail of a cockerel is our Object of the Month for April. It was decorated using many different...
Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara

Twenty-five armed Avalokiteshvara Maker unknownSino-Tibetan, 18th century Gilt-bronze Our Object of the Month for February is this impressive statue of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. It was cast and carved in bronze and covered in gold....
Articulated spiny lobster

Articulated spiny lobster

Articulated Japanese spiny lobster Signed ‘Riyotada’Japanese, 19th centuryIron, lacquer, gold powder In celebration of the New Year, our January Object of the Month is this articulated spiny lobster. In Japan, where this fascinating object was made, Ise...
Jacobite Glass

Jacobite Glass

Jacobite glass Maker unknownEuropean, 18th century Our Object of the Month for December is this engraved glass which was used by Jacobites to drink to the health of the Stuart family. The Jacobites were the supporters of the Stuarts and their claim to the throne of...
Statue of Peftjawyneith

Statue of Peftjawyneith

Statue of Peftjawyneith Egypt, Late Period (664 - 525 BC)26th Dynasty Basalt For November we have chosen this Ancient Egyptian ‘block statue’. Carved out of black basalt, it depicts a man seated in a crouched position with his arms resting on his knees. The flat...