Samurai Armour

Suit of samurai armour  Mogami do Tosei Gusoku Maker unknown Japanese, 18th - 19th centuryIron, textile, and lacquer  Around one hundred and fifty years ago, the daimyo (warlord) Okochi Masatada (1844 – 1901) wore this armour. Today, it stands guard in our Japanese...
Shabti of Ta-mit

Shabti of Ta-mit

Shabti of Ta-mit Maker unknownAncient Egyptian  New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, ca. 1388 – 1351 BCPainted wood We are very pleased to announce the return of this rare and well-preserved shabti figure from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, USA,...
Model Boat

Model Boat

Model boat Maker unknownAncient Egyptian, Middle Kingdom (ca. 2046 - 1794 BC)Painted wood This month’s object was chosen, researched, and written by Molly Hockham, our work experience student from Bennett Memorial School. This plastered and painted wooden boat...
Portrait of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

Portrait of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

Portrait of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria After Van Dyck17th centuryOil on canvas in gilt wooden frame   Our object of the month for July hangs over our front reception desk in the North Hall. It is a large portrait of King Charles I with his wife Henrietta...
Shrine

Shrine

Shrine Maker unknownNepalese, 18th-19th centuryGilt filigree and inlaid semi-precious stones Our object of the month for June is this impressive shrine which is on display in our entrance hall. It depicts the Hindu god Vishnu in the centre, surrounded by flowers and...
Japanese Lacquered Egg

Japanese Lacquered Egg

Decorated emu’s egg Maker unknownJapanese, 19th century Lacquer In celebration of Easter, we are introducing our Object of the Month for May a little early. Hopefully it will inspire anyone having a go at painting eggs over the Easter weekend! The object is a...