Object of the Month
In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.
Sake cup Signed on the baseJapanese, 19th centuryLacquerware Ready to welcome in the New Year, our Object of the Month for January is this sake (rice wine) cup with a design that symbolises good fortune, prosperity, and longevity. A crane and a turtle can be seen next...
Our Object of the Month for December is this miniature coffer which was made in Japan for the Portuguese market. It is covered in lacquer with gold decoration and cut shell pieces.
Our Object of the Month for November was chosen, researched, and written by estate and collections volunteer Luke Davis. It is a 16th-century oil on canvas portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots.
This October, the Object of the Month is an Ancient Egyptian heart scarab made out of steatite (a type of easily carved stone), dating from 1550-1050 BC, the New Kingdom of Egypt. This month’s object was chosen, researched, and written about by our work experience student William Briggs.
Our September Object of the Month is this gilt-bronze model stupa. A stupa is a building originating in ancient India which contained relics or other sacred items. The remains of the Buddha were buried in stupas after he was cremated, and so the stupa became an important Buddhist symbol.
Our Object of the Month for August is this Japanese folding fan with a design of the sun disk in red and a gold-leaf ground. It is made from paper and lacquered wood, like many other Japanese fans, but it was used for a different purpose than keeping cool in the summer. War fans were one of the accessories carried by a samurai warrior.
This month’s object was researched and written by our work experience student, Christabel Balcomb Nevill. It is an impressive portrait with a complicated history. It is on display in the Castle’s Print Room along with other highlights from Denys Eyre Bower’s Stuart and Jacobite collection.
Our Object of the Month for June is this impressive black basalt bust depicting an ancient Egyptian King or official. It was one of Denys Eyre Bower’s most prized possessions and a highlight of his Egyptian collection. On closer inspection however, this suspicious statue reveals its secret.
From May 23rd, visit the Buddhist Room to view our Object of the Month – this Tibetan thangka, or silk and painted cotton hanging. Originally made to be hung on a temple wall or transported around for education and worship, it is now installed in a new custom-made display case.
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