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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-B0724
Title / Object name:  Follis
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Justinian I; Kyzikos
Place made:  Kyzikos
Date made:  555-556

Obverse: Facing bust of Justinian, wearing curiass and plumed helmet with pendilia, in r. hand globus cruciger, on l. shoulder shield with horseman device, cross in r. of field. Reverse: M, cross above.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-38.1
Title / Object name:  The sun rising through vapour
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)
Place made:  London
Date made:  about 1809

The newly-risen sun disperses the clouds and infuses sand and sea with a golden glow. Fishermen unload their catch which is then displayed on the beach for sale. Behind, a number of ships including a first-rate man-of-war and a dismasted hulk (a prison) stand at anchor, a reminder that Britain was at war with France in 1809.

Turner painted numerous marine subjects early in his career. As here, he sought to make his reputation by matching the Dutch masters of the seventeenth century.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1908
Title / Object name:  Nemset-jar
Object type:  Jar
Date made:  New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC)

The upper half of the nemset-jar is painted with broad horizontal light blue bands framed with thin dark brown lines. On the top of the jar, the outermost light blue band displays a pattern comprised of what appear to be petals. The spout is painted in the same light blue colour as the bands.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-D0184
Title / Object name:  Carving of two men and two women
Category:  Decorative art
Object type:  Sculpture
Artist / Maker:  Ona, Thomas (c. 1900-1960)
Place made:  Lagos, Nigeria

Wearing sunhelmets and European dress seated at a round table on which is a leaf shaped bowl containing a yam (?). Partially coloured. Bought in the 1930s. Thomas Ona lived between c. 1900-1960.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 14751
Title / Object name:  Chalcedony var agate
Category:  Mineralogy
Object type:  Oxide

One cut and polished surface.
The collection of William Murdock, dated in his inventory as 12.1826.   [More Info]