Object of the Month

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

Royal Oak plate

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.

Cuneiform tablet

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.

Prayer Wheel

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.

Wrathful Guardian

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.

Picnic Set

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.

Mummified Cat

This month’s object was chosen, researched, and written about by our work experience student. It is a 3,000 year old mummified cat, which has always been a favourite of Chiddingstone Castle’s Ancient Egyptian collection.

Coconut Cup

Learn more about one of the most unusual objects in the collection here – a 17th century cup made from a coconut shell. The portraits of four key members of the Stuart royal family have been incised into the coconut, and it has been mounted in luxurious silver fittings.

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