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...
Amulet of Sekhmet

Amulet of Sekhmet

Amulet of Sekhmet Maker unknownAncient Egyptian, Late period (664-332 BC)Faience This amulet is part of a collection dedicated to Sekhmet, a goddess whom Denys seemed to have had a fondness for as she has more images in the collection than any other deity. The medium...
Royal Oak plate

Royal Oak plate

Ceramic plate depicting Charles II hiding in the Boscobel Oak Tree DelftEnglish, 18th centuryGlazed earthenware This month’s object is a glazed ceramic plate decorated with an important symbol of support for Charles II and the Stuart royal family. It depicts a...
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...