Object of the Month

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.


Our Object of the Month for July is a small statue fragment of the god Zeus-Serapis. A combination of a Greek god and an Egyptian god, Zeus-Serapis was worshipped particularly in Alexandria during the Greek and Roman periods of ancient Egyptian history.

Dance Mask

Our June Object of the Month is this lacquered wooden mask made for the Japanese bugaku dance. Bugaku was originally enjoyed by noblemen and imperial courtiers. It eventually became a celebrated part of traditional Japanese culture.

Box with wisteria

Our May object of the month is this small but beautifully made cloisonné box with a design of flowering wisteria. A popular spring plant in Japan, wisteria has important links to traditional culture and art.

Lacquer box with blossoms

Lacquer box with cherry blossom and inro Signed with red lacquer seal on the base 'Yasuyuki' Japanese, late 19th centuryRed and gold lacquer, shell, silver, ivory, bone, polished stone In celebration of Spring, April’s Object of the Month is this elaborately decorated...

Statue of Amun-Ra

This month’s object is a statue of the god Amun-Ra from our Egyptian collection. It was researched by our work experience student Harry Springett.

Chiddingstone Casket

Happy New Year and welcome to Chiddingstone Castle’s Year of Japan! To start our 2020 Object of the Month series, we have chosen the amazing Chiddingstone Casket. Discovered in an antiques shop by Denys Eyre Bower, it is a rare 17th-century Japanese lacquer casket decorated in the finest and most expensive techniques and materials.

Lacquer writing box

This beautifully made lacquer box for storing calligraphy brushes and tools has a design of a winter scene with old huts in a bamboo forest, surrounded by autumn and winter plants.

Portrait Miniature

This tiny enamel portrait is of Lucy Walter, the first mistress of King Charles II. She was the mother of the famous Duke of Monmouth. The bright enamel colours of this miniature are beautifully preserved.

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