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ID number:  BIRUG 14878
Title / Object name:  Quartz var. agate
Category:  Mineralogy
Object type:  Oxide

Massive, concentrically banded in reds and whites.   [More Info]

ID number:  WB-HC0791
Title / Object name:  Trunk belonging to Grace Nettlefold
Category:  Household
Object type:  Trunk
Date made:  1890-1910

Leather trunk belonging to Grace Nettlefold, sister of John Sutton Nettlefold. The initials G.N. are painted on each end of the trunk. Three buckle fastenings on front.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-S0028
Title / Object name:  Drachm
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Shapur I
Date made:  240-270

Obverse: Bust of Shapur I, bearded, with hair over l. shoulder; mural crown, parthian flaps, with korymbos above; single pellet border. Reverse: Fire altar, with two steps at base, two steps above, with altar slab above; fire atop altar; altar flanked by attendants, holding spears, crowned, facing away from altar; single pellet border.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-37.13
Title / Object name:  Portrait of a Young Man
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Tintoretto, Jacopo Robusti (1518-1594)
Date made:  1554

The inscription records that this portrait was painted 'in the year 1554 in the month of May [or March], in the 22nd year of his age'. Unfortunately, the identity of the young man who looks out at the onlooker has been lost. However, the three-quarter length format, with the man's hand resting on a sword, indicates a person of rank and importance.Tintoretto is best known for the large colourful religious subjects he painted for his native Venice. His portraits are more sober with the restricted palette conveying the nobility of the subjects.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-D0436
Title / Object name:  Figure of a woman
Category:  Decorative art
Object type:  Metalwork
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Place made:  Bamenda, Cameroons

A woman bowing before a tree.

Another brass statuette shows a woman reaching out towards a tree as if to pick something from it. This figurine, as well as the similar one above, comes from the Bamileke culture in Cameroon. The woman's hair is designed to mimic a royal headdress called either Ndam Tcheu Dop or Tcho Dung Dung, and is a commonly reproduced style on statues from this culture.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1931
Title / Object name:  Pottery jar
Object type:  Jar
Date made:  Probably early Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC)

Small pottery jar with a rounded body and an everted rim. The jar is relatively crudely made with a rough base and an irregular, lopsided body. Traces of a cursive inscription are visible on one side.   [More Info]