Object of the Month
In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.
This month’s object has just returned from being on loan at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It is a rare and beautiful shabti figure of ‘The Lady of the House’ Ta-mit, whose name translates as ‘Lady Cat’
The Object of the Month for August was chosen and written by our work experience student, Molly Hockham.
Find this object of the month in our front entrance in the North Hall – an impressive portrait of King Charles I with his wife Henrietta Maria.
This month’s object is a large shrine with an image of the Hindu deity Vishu in the centre. Read more here about the life of this object, discovered through Denys Eyre Bower’s handwritten label.
The Object of the Month for Easter and May is this rare emu’s egg, decorated with gold and silver lacquer by a Japanese craftsman.
We open the 2019 season with this tiny amulet of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. This object was chosen from our Egyptian Room displays by our work experience student, Victoria Simpson.
This glazed ceramic plate depicting Charles II hiding in an oak tree was a popular item for supporters of the Stuart family to buy in the 18th century.
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.
Each turn of this Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel is believed to count as the repetition of many prayers. Prayer wheels are a key part of Buddhist practice.
CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM
The 2019 Open Season runs from
Sunday 31st March to
Wednesday 30th October
We are open Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Bank Holidays, excluding Good Friday
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