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...
Statue of Tara

Statue of Tara

Statue of Tara Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century Gilded bronze  Our Object of the Month for October is this miniature statue of the deity Green Tara, from the Buddhist collection. Carved in tiny detail from bronze which was then gilded, she is seated on a lotus throne and...
Jacobite tobacco box

Jacobite tobacco box

Silver tobacco box with portrait of James III Maker unknown18th century Silver, wood, pigment This small oval box would have been used to carry snuff, or tobacco powder which is inhaled. Concealed in the inside of the lid is a portrait of James Francis Edward Stuart...