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ID number:  BIRUG 61925
Title / Object name:  Dolerite
Category:  Petrology
Object type:  Igneous

Igneous dolerite dyke. Original catalogue states: "Augite zonal and hour glass structure, dark coloured and slightly dichroic; olivine fresh. Described by Teall p.197." (This refers to J.J.H. Teall's description in his British Petrography ,1888)   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-R0065
Title / Object name:  Aes Grave Triens
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Roman Republic; Rome
Place made:  Rome
Date made:  217-215BC

Obverse: Female head, facing r., wearing a diadem-hair falls in tight rolls onto both shoulders; behind are four dots (oooo) arranged vertically. Reverse: Hercules fighting a centaur-he holds centaur's hair in l. hand and club in r. hand; before the centaur are four dots (oooo) arranged vertically; in exergue, ROMA.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-40.8
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a boy
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Flinck, Govert (1615-1660)
Place made:  Amsterdam
Date made:  1640

This engaging portrait possibly shows David Leeuw who would have been about eight years old in 1640. He was related to the artist and was the son of a wealthy businessman and art collector. The full-length pose and the boy’s fashionable dress indicate that he is the heir to wealth and position.

Flinck was a pupil of Rembrandt in the mid-1630s. The landscape, with its low horizon, brooding sky, and dominant brown colours, recalls those of his master.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-M0147
Title / Object name:  A Minnitt Gas and Air Machine
Category:  Scientific instruments
Object type:  Medical Apparatus
Date made:  1940s

This object consists of a wooden case lined with black leather with 4 metal locks, 2 on the front and one on each side. 2 metal pieces on the exterior of the case acted as valves for the gas cylinder contained inside the case during use. 'No.4' is stamped, in white, on the side and top of the case. The inside contains a large rectangular 'box' in the bottom left-hand corner which has a leather-lined side and a black plastic face. The face has a label reading 'The Minnitt Gas-Air Apparartus Manufactured by the British Oxygen Co.Ltd. London N.18 Serial No.6448' and also a gauge displaying the level of nitrious oxide in the attached gas cylinder. The top-side of the interior box has a thick metal tubing system which attached to the cylinder during use. A hole in the face of the interior 'box' allows the accompanying mask, which has black plastic tubing and a leather mouthpiece, to be attached to the rest of the apparatus. The underside of the case's lid has an attached list of instructions. Also in the case is a small section of plastic tubing, which may have originally being attached to the mouthpiece of the mask.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1868
Title / Object name:  Naqada II Vessel
Object type:  Vessel
Date made:  Naqada II Period (c. 3500-3200 BC)

A shouldered jar manufactured from the Marl A clay of the desert regions of Upper Egypt. From its type, and style of decoration, this vessel can be reasonably securely dated to the Naqada II Period. The vessel was constructed by coiling fabric onto a moulded base before being smoothed by hand, fired, then decorated with paint manufactured from naturally occurring ochre. A final firing bonded the decoration to the fabric of the pot. Three vestigial pierced lug handles spaced equidistantly suggest the vessel was meant to be suspended when in use. This vessel would have likely been a grave good for a high status individual.   [More Info]