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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:  ECM 190
Title / Object name:  Statuette of Apis Bull
Object type:  Statuette
Date made:  Graeco-Roman Period (332 BC-395 AD)

This statuette of a striking Apis Bull stands on a plinth. Details are accentuated, ribs are visible for reasons of authenticity (the Apis Bull kept at Memphis was a well fed animal).   [More Info]

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ID number:  BIRUG 80303
Title / Object name:  Bathyuriscus rotundatus
Category:  Palaeontology
Object type:  Trilobite

Pygidium.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-B4597
Title / Object name:  Solidus
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Constantine VI; Eirini; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  780-797

Obverse: bust of Eirini facing, wearing loros and cross crown with four pinnacles and pendilia, holding globus cruciger in r. hand and cross-topped sceptre in l. Reverse: beardless bust of Constantine VI facing, wearing chlamys and cross crown, holding globus cruciger in r. hand and akakia in l.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-2016.7
Title / Object name:  The Life Class
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Print
Artist / Maker:  Bellows, George (1882-1925)
Place made:  New York
Date made:  1917

The Life Class was one of a series of lithographs that Bellows produced with the printer George Miller. It may have been based on drawings made much earlier in his career, and it certainly relates to an earlier time. The potbelly stove and other features of the room resonate with photographs and other artists’ records of Robert Henri’s classroom at the New York School of Art. This was the scene of Bellows’s initiation into the art world, and of his immersion in Henri’s teaching. The lithograph recalls a vibrant, chaotic space of shared enterprise and spontaneous critique.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-P0001
Title / Object name:  Earth Inductor
Category:  Scientific instruments
Object type:  Magnetic instrument
Artist / Maker:  The Cambridge Scientific Instrument Co. Ltd.
Place made:  Cambridge
Date made:  1909

An Earth Inductor is an instrument for determining the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field, in particular the ‘angle of dip’ which is the angle between the field and the vertical. It consists of a coil that can be rotated about its diameter. The coil is connected via a commutator to a galvanometer. When the axis of rotation is adjusted to lie along the Earth’s field there will be no e.m.f. detected by the galvanometer. As this is a null adjustment it can be very sensitive. The instrument has graduated scales with fine adjustment screws to position the axis in both the horizontal and vertical plane. The scales can be read to 1 minute of arc.
The coil is rotated by hand using a detachable handle. Image P0001b is of paper label, possibly original label.   [More Info]