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The following objects represents a selection of topical, unusual or interesting records from our collection. These records have been selected by our team of curators.
ID number: BIRBI-B0724|
Title / Object name: Follis
Object type: Coin
Artist / Maker: Justinian I; Kyzikos
Place made: Kyzikos
Date made: 555-556
Obverse: Facing bust of Justinian, wearing curiass and plumed helmet with pendilia, in r. hand globus cruciger, on l. shoulder shield with horseman device, cross in r. of field. Reverse: M, cross above. [More Info]
ID number: BIRBI-38.1|
Title / Object name: The sun rising through vapour
Category: Visual art
Object type: Painting
Artist / Maker: Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
Place made: London
Date made: about 1809
The newly-risen sun disperses the clouds and infuses sand and sea with a golden glow. Fishermen unload their catch which is then displayed on the beach for sale. Behind, a number of ships including a first-rate man-of-war and a dismasted hulk (a prison) stand at anchor, a reminder that Britain was at war with France in 1809.
ID number: ECM 1908|
Title / Object name: Nemset-jar
Object type: Jar
Date made: New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC)
The upper half of the nemset-jar is painted with broad horizontal light blue bands framed with thin dark brown lines. On the top of the jar, the outermost light blue band displays a pattern comprised of what appear to be petals. The spout is painted in the same light blue colour as the bands. [More Info]
ID number: BIRRC-D0184|
Title / Object name: Carving of two men and two women
Category: Decorative art
Object type: Sculpture
Artist / Maker: Ona, Thomas (c. 1900-1960)
Place made: Lagos, Nigeria
Wearing sunhelmets and European dress seated at a round table on which is a leaf shaped bowl containing a yam (?). Partially coloured. Bought in the 1930s. Thomas Ona lived between c. 1900-1960. [More Info]
ID number: BIRUG 14751|
Title / Object name: Chalcedony var agate
Object type: Oxide
One cut and polished surface.