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ID number:  ECM 1593
Title / Object name:  Duamutef (Four Sons of Horus Amulet)
Object type:  Amulet

Large polychrome faience amulet of Duamutef facing to viewer's right; black dog's head with eye picked out in white, blue tripartite wig, white mummiform body with schematised black collar, blue mat base with black stripes. Three suspension loops on back.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 22784
Title / Object name:  Murex aduncus
Category:  Recent
Object type:  Gastropod

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ID number:  BIRBI-B4437
Title / Object name:  Tremissis
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Leontios; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  695-698

Obverse: bust of Leontios facing, bearded, wearing loros and crown, holding globus cruciger in r. hand. Reverse: cross potent.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-65.7
Title / Object name:  The Adoration of the Child Jesus
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Rosselli, Cosimo (1439-1507)
Place made:  Rome
Date made:  the 1480s

A complex group of figures is gathered within a beautiful landscape. Three saints surround the infant Christ: Jerome with his chest bared; Francis in the grey habit; and Benedict in the dark robe. In the foreground, the three Magi with their gifts kneel in adoration. Above, are God the Father and the dove which symbolises the Holy Spirit. In the hills to the left, an angel appears to the shepherds.

This is the main panel of an altarpiece. The incomplete figure of Saint Joseph to the right indicates that the panel has been cut and reshaped.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-A0330
Title / Object name:  Portrait of Margery Fry
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Drawing
Artist / Maker:  Haslewood Shannon, Charles (1863-1937)
Date made:  1915

Margery Fry (1874-1958) was appointed the first warden of University House, the first all female halls of residence in Britain, in 1904. She was one of the first women governers of the King Edwards School Foundation and was on Birmingham University council. Following this, she went on to be a renowned prison reformer, noted for her work with the Howard League of Penal Reform. She was one of the first women in Britain to become a magistrate. Her brother was the artist Roger Fry (1866-1934), who coined the term ‘Post-Impressionism’. The University owns 7 of Roger Fry’s paintings.
Charles Haslewood Shannon was a British artist and member of the Royal Academy. Several examples of his portraiture can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery. This drawing is signed with a monogram.   [More Info]