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The following objects represents a selection of topical, unusual or interesting records from our collection. These records have been selected by our team of curators.

ID number:  BIRBI-50.8
Title / Object name:  Hercules and a Dragon
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Sculpture
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Date made:  16th century

This curious sculpture entered the collection, at great cost, as the work of the Florentine Renaissance sculptor Giovanni Francesco Rustici (1475-1554). Recent research has raised suspicions that it is neither by him nor even of his period, although the figure type has some similarities with certain bronzes by Antonio del Pollaiuolo (1429/33-1498). It may be a 19th-century pastiche, perhaps concocted for the growing art market for renaissance sculpture. Made of cartapesta (papier mâché) and wax, it has the appearance of a preparatory model.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 11872
Title / Object name:  Baryte (white lead)
Category:  Mineralogy
Object type:  Sulphate

There is a gastropod preserved in the specimen
Part of William Murdoch Collection dated in his inventory 12/1826, in Lapworth Museum Archive.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-H0074
Title / Object name:  Nobel Prize Medal awarded to Galsworthy
Category:  Decorative art
Object type:  Medal

Gold medal, inscribed on both sides. (Obverse) Raised relief with a head looking to the left, inscription ‘ALFR. NOBEL. NAT MDCCXXXIII OB.MDCCCXCVI’. (Reverse) Two figures in raised relief, one is a female holding a lyre shown standing next to a seated male, who has writing equipment on one knee, inscription reads ‘INVENTAS.VITAM.IVVAT EXCOLUISSE PER.ARTES. J.GALSWORTHY MCMXXXII’.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-B1208
Title / Object name:  Follis
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Justin II; Sophia; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  565-566

Obverse: Justin and Sophia nimbate facing, seated on backed double throne, Sophia wearing crown type MIB II 43a, Justin holding globus cruciger in r. hand, Sophia holding cross-topped sceptre in l. Reverse: M with cross floating above.   [More Info]