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ID number:  BIRBI-51.1
Title / Object name:  A Beach near Trouville
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Boudin, Eugène (1824-1898)
Place made:  Trouville
Date made:  1895

This scene was painted on the spot and it is dated the 11th October, 1895. Boudin was born nearby on the Normandy coast and he painted its beaches and harbours throughout his career. This is a more solitary scene than many, with a single distant fisherwoman under a typically lively and spacious sky.

Boudin taught and inspired Monet in the 1860s. His resolve to paint what he called ‘the simple beauties of nature ... in all its variety, its freshness’ anticipated the aims of the Impressionists.   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1021
Title / Object name:  Bes Amulet
Category:  Archaeology
Object type:  Amulet
Date made:  New Kingdom

Flat-backed amulet of the god Bes in profile playing a tambourine or drum. He strides forward with his left leg and an animal tail can be seen hanging behind him. A suspension lug is attached at the top.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-X0348
Title / Object name:  Alabastron
Category:  Archaeology
Object type:  Ceramic
Date made:  c. 700 BC

Comparable to X0347. Alabastron with horizontal bands of brown-black paint, with vertical strokes round neck. Sheen to paint. Dirty yellow-buff clay, semi-fine with some surface damage. Colour: fabric 10YR 6/4 (light yellowish brown), paint 10YR 3/1 (very dark grey), 10YR 3/3 (dark brown). Blue card attached to handle. Reconstructed from fragments. Possibly wheelmade or by coil technique.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-X0695
Title / Object name:  Amphora
Category:  Archaeology
Object type:  Ceramic
Date made:  550-530 BC

Attic black-figure fineware amphora of orange-red clay. Misfired. Black-glazed exterior with two reserved metope panels either side. There is a red line to the top of the metopes, two parallel lines at the bottom, and a thick red line to the bottom of the foot. At the top of each panel run a series of ivy leaves. Side A shows four youths conversing beneath eight ivy leaves, dressed in cloaks and chitons decorated with red bands and white dotted flowers. Side B shows three red-haired youths exercising naked, wearing garlands around their necks. All three are fat-bottomed in the komast style. The first youth pats the second youth on the behind; he turns around in surprise and raises his hand. The third youth looks on. Colour: fabric 5YR 6/8 (reddish yellow), paint 10YR 2/1 (black)-glossy, paint (red) 10R 4/4 (weak red) and 6/6 (dark red). Complete and in good condition.   [More Info]