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...
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...