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ID number: BIRBI-84.1|
Title / Object name: Young Woman Seated
Category: Visual art
Object type: Painting
Artist / Maker: Renoir, Pierre-Auguste (1841-1919)
Date made: about 1876/7
Renoir was one of the greatest of the Impressionist painters, and his love of primary colours is evident in the soft oranges, reds, greens and blues of this picture. It was painted about 1876/7 and belongs to a contemporary series of half-length studies. The sitter has been identified as Nini Lopez, a professional model. Renoir later protested: "They've made me look on one of my paintings with disgust by calling it La Pensée [Thought]"; adding on another occasion: "My models have no thoughts". [More Info]
ID number: BIRRC-M0146|
Title / Object name: A Smart Bristow Faradic Machine for Stimulating Muscle
Category: Scientific instruments
Object type: Medical Apparatus
A small mahogany box with a hinged lid with 2 metal locks on either side. The right side of the box has a small hole surrounded by a circular piece of metal. The interior of the box contains black plastic apparatus consisting of a barel, 2 dials with white arrows on them and 2 smaller dials with 'patient' labelled between them. 'Patent applied for' is stamped in the top-left corner of the apparatus and a makers mark, 'Stanley, Gerrad St. London W.1', can be seen just above the two 'patient' dials. 'No. M.H.171' is also stamped beneath the makers mark. The front of the box opens to reveal a compartment beneath containing several screws and wires. Two wires attach beneath the 'patient' dials and have metal pieces on their ends. The underside of the lids holds a heavy black cylinder, held to the lid with two metal clips. [More Info]
ID number: ECM 361|
Title / Object name: Shabti of a Priest
Object type: Shabti
Date made: 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC)
Pale blue faience shabti. The shabti is a typical example of the 26th Dynasty, with a long tripartite wig and an artificial plaited beard. The face is large and plain, with plain lips and eyebrows. The ears are quite large and not exactly at the same level. The crossed arms are not visible, but the hands are clear and bear the typical agricultural implements (hoes, type C according to Schneider 1977: 169) required to fulfil the work described in the shabti spell.
ID number: BIRUG 182|
Title / Object name: Barytes
Object type: Sulphate
Stalactitic form. [More Info]
ID number: BIRBI-B1590|
Title / Object name: 250 Nummi
Object type: Coin
Artist / Maker: Justin II (565-578)
Place made: Mint of Ravenna
Date made: 565-578
Obverse: Bust of Justin II wearing cuirass, paludamentum (military cloak) and diadem.