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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: BIRUG 1089|
Title / Object name: Sodalite
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
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.
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.
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]