Object of the Month
In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.
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.
Just in time for Christmas, our Object of the Month for December is this beautiful Japanese lacquer tea container with a stylised design of snowflakes.
The Object of the Month for November is this miniature of Charles II, painted by the famous portrait artist Samuel Cooper.
Discover the story behind the wrathful Buddhist guardian depicted in this tiny gilt statue. Buddhist guardian statues are often frightening in appearance, but this is because their purpose is to ward off evil.
Ready for heading back to school, September’s Object of the Month is this Japanese lacquer picnic set. It is decorated with luxurious shell pieces and sprinkled gold powder.
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
11am - 5pm, with last entry and orders at 4.15pm
WEDDINGS, EDUCATION AND BOOKINGS ENQUIRIES
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm