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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.

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ID number:  BIRUG 1089
Title / Object name:  Sodalite
Category:  Mineralogy
Object type:  Silicate

Massive form as a cut and polished slice, showing characteristic blue colouration.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-B4975
Title / Object name:  Nomisma
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Basil II; Constantine VIII; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  1000-1005

Obverse: bust of Christ nimbate facing, holding gospel in l. hand, two pellets in each limb, limbs with serifs. Reverse: busts of Basil I. and Constantine r. wearing modified loros and ornamented robe (different from B4974), respectively, and cross crowns with pendilia, holding plain patriarchal cross with a five pellet X on the shaft between them.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-43.10
Title / Object name:  The Madonna and Child with the infant St John
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Botticelli, Sandro (c.1445-1510)
Place made:  Florence
Date made:  1480s

The Virgin lowers the infant Christ to embrace his cousin, John the Baptist. Christ recognises that Saint John will pave the way for his own divine mission. The complex poses and the narrow composition create an intimate image focussed on Christ’s humanity.

Sandro Botticelli ran a successful studio in Florence, producing religious and mythological scenes. Popular compositions such as this were repeated with variations by members of his studio. The fine quality of this work, however, suggests that Botticelli was largely responsible.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-P0571
Title / Object name:  A.C. Test Set
Category:  Scientific instruments
Object type:  Electrical instrument
Artist / Maker:  Cambridge Instrument Co. Ltd.
Place made:  Cambridge

This is a multipurpose dynamometer type instrument for measuring alternating currents, voltages and powers.

The voltage scales are non-linear from 0-10 to 0-500 V
The current scales are non-linear from 0-0.5 to 0-25 A
The power scale is linear from 0-250 W

There is an instruction manual showing the catalogue number 44371 and the drawings in it are dated 1949   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 416
Title / Object name:  Faience Jar
Object type:  Vessel

Drop shaped jar of pale blue faience, with band of triangular ornamentation at neck in black; flat, everted rim, with black edging   [More Info]