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ID number:  WB-HC0793
Title / Object name:  Set of six pencil portraits of members of the Nettlefold family
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  West Midlands: Birmingham
Date made:  1834

Set of six pencil portraits, artist unknown, depicting members of the Nettlefold family in around 1834. Each portrait measures 8.5 x 6 cm. Sitters are identified on the reverse as: John Sutton Nettlefold (1792-1866), Edward John Nettlefold (1820-1878), Martha Nettlefold (1822-1905), Ellen Nettlefold, Kate Nettlefold, Anne Nettlefold. Mounted, framed and glazed as a set.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-R2032
Title / Object name:  Antoninianus
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Aurelian; Vaballathus; Zenobia; Antioch
Place made:  Eurasia: Antioch
Date made:  270-272

Obverse: Head of Aurelian, wearing radiate crown and beard, cuirassed, facing r. Reverse: Head of Vabalathus, wearing laurel crown, draped, facing r.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-56.5
Title / Object name:  The Beheading of St John the Baptist
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Puvis De Chavannes, Pierre-Cécile (1824-1898)
Date made:  1869

Puvis is best known for his large murals in French public buildings, flat and pale in colour and simplified in drawing to give something of the effect of fresco. This more personal picture was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1870. It shows Salome witnessing the execution of John the Baptist, charger in hand, ready to take his head to the offended Herodias (Mark vi: 21-28). The fig-tree behind may symbolise her lust. A larger and less hieratic version of the composition, probably earlier, is in the National Gallery.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-H0069
Title / Object name:  Typewriter belonging to Galsworthy
Category:  Miscellaneous
Object type:  Typewriter
Artist / Maker:  Empire
Date made:  1892

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ID number:  ECM 6008
Title / Object name:  Bronze Statuette of Isis and Horus
Object type:  Bronze Statuette
Date made:  Graeco-Roman Period (332 BC-395 AD)

A large bronze statuette of Isis, suckling the child Horus (Harpocrates). Isis is depicted with a detailed tripartite wig and diadem supporting horned sun disc. She wears an ankle length close-fitting dress, with a naked Harpocrates bearing the sidelock. Her feet rest on a small square base, with a small vertical post attached, possibly used for insertion into a block or seat. Harpocrates' right foot is damaged.   [More Info]

BIRUG 100734 I.JPG
ID number:  BIRUG 100734
Title / Object name:  Gryolite & apophyllite
Category:  Mineralogy
Object type:  Silicate & silicate

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