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ID number:  ECM 1841
Title / Object name:  Dwarf Figurine
Object type:  Figurine
Date made:  Likely Middle Kingdom

Faience figurine of a shaven headed bow legged dwarf, holding before him a puppy which he kisses; feet on square base. Bristles of dwarf's head and eyes picked out in black, as are the dog's spots and the edges of the base.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 16017
Title / Object name:  Hallopora elegantula
Category:  Palaeontology
Object type:  Bryozoan

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ID number:  WB-HC0788
Title / Object name:  Noah's Ark with assorted animals
Category:  Recreational artefacts
Object type:  Toy
Place made:  Germany
Date made:  1870-1900

Noah's Ark with assorted animals, made in the late 19th century in Ertzberger, Germany. Was owned by the children of Grace Nettlefold and John Archibald Kenrick, and may have originated in the Nettlefold nursery. The animals are from assorted sets and have been added to over time. Some animals heavily damaged due to play.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-R1823
Title / Object name:  Antoninianus
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Valerian I; Rome
Place made:  Rome
Date made:  253

Obverse: bust of Valerian radiate, draped r. Reverse: Apollo standing r., drawing bow.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-44.1
Title / Object name:  Head of Amenhotep III
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Sculpture
Date made:  14th/15th century BC

This monumental head depicts Amenhotep III, the New Kingdom Pharoah who ruled Egypt for almost 40 years, probably between c.1390 and c.1352 BC. He was the ninth member of the eighteenth recorded dynasty of Egyptian rulers and reigned over an empire that extended from Syria to the Sudan during a time of peace. Among his achievements was the commissioning of more than a thousand portrait statues of himself, many of these on a colossal scale. This head may be from his funerary temple in Western Thebes and originally formed part of a full-length statue of the King. Posed formally, he wears a tall Khepresh helmet or Blue Crown which is decorated in the centre with the uraeus or divine cobra. Traces of colour around the eyes, lips and crown indicate that the head was originally polychromed.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-P0010
Title / Object name:  Iliovici Permeameter
Category:  Measuring device
Object type:  Magnetic instrument
Artist / Maker:  Compagnie pour la fabrication des compteurs et materiel d'usines
Place made:  16 a 18 Bd de Vaugirard, Paris
Date made:  1915

The permeameter is an instrument for determining the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials. The sample in the form of a bar 1 cm across is placed in the central coil and clamped into the iron yokes passing through the other coils. Magnetising fields are applied and the response observed with a ballistic galvanometer connected across the central coil.
Cost £46.14.0   [More Info]