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ID number:  BIRBI-B4397
Title / Object name:  20 nummi
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Justinian II; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  686-687

Obverse: bust of Justinian II facing, wearing chlamys? and cross crown, cross potent in l. of field. Reverse: K with cross partially visible above.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-53.6
Title / Object name:  Pastoral landscape
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Lorrain, Claude (1604/5?-1682)
Place made:  Rome
Date made:  1645

The subject of this serene landscape is the mythical Golden Age. A shepherd teaches a girl to play the pipes, his herds grazing safely behind, all living in harmony with nature. Claude’s exhaustive studies of the Roman countryside enabled him to paint such a convincing melting distance with its glorious morning light effect. The landscape is not based, however, on an actual location. The framing trees, the counterbalancing hill, and the water meandering into the distance recur in Claude’s works. This carefully idealized structure, combined with his golden light, made the French landscapist one of the most influential of any period.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-A0282
Title / Object name:  Pole Vaulter
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  McKnight, David

Photosequence of Brian Hooper of Great Britain. Presented by Nordic Saunas.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 395
Title / Object name:  Shabti
Object type:  Shabti

Overseer shabti, bright blue faience, duplex wig, eyes, whip and vertical column of hieroglyphs down front of kilt in black   [More Info]

BIRUG 15.1.jpg
ID number:  BIRUG 15
Title / Object name:  Quartz var. Rock Crystal
Category:  Mineralogy

With haematite   [More Info]