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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-R2481|
Title / Object name: Antoninianus
Object type: Coin
Artist / Maker: Diocletian (284-305)
Place made: Mint of Lugdunum
Date made: 287-288
Obverse: Bust of Emperor Diocletian in cuirass and paludamentum (military cloak). On his head is a radiate crown.
ID number: BIRBI-46.8|
Title / Object name: The Harvest Wagon
Category: Visual art
Object type: Painting
Artist / Maker: Gainsborough, Thomas (1727-1788)
Date made: exhibited 1767
A group of rustic figures travel in a harvest wagon at the end of the working day. The figures are unusually prominent for Gainsborough’s landscapes and are the result of careful study. Two of the women are based on the artist’s daughters whilst the landscape is inspired by the beautiful countryside around Bath where Gainsborough lived.
ID number: BIRRC-D0393(1-6)|
Title / Object name: Indigo dyed cotton textiles (Adire)
Object type: Textile
Artist / Maker: Unknown
Place made: W. Nigeria
Collection of six pieces of 'adire' cloth:
ID number: ECM 1558|
Title / Object name: Triad Amulet
Object type: Amulet
Date made: 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC)
Amulet depicting Harpocrates (Horus-the-Child) flanked by his mother Isis and her sister Nephthys. The goddesses wear their distinctive headdresses while Harpocrates has a side-lock on the right of his head. The goddesses are wearing close fitting ankle length dresses indicated by lines above their feet.Damage can be seen on the legs of Isis, whilst the left arm of Nephthys is also broken. A suspension loop is located in the upper centre on the reverse of the amulet. [More Info]
ID number: BIRUG 14767|
Title / Object name: Chalcedony
Object type: Oxide
One cut and polished surface.