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Egyptian cat statue - British Museum

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Amenhotep III. a pharaoh of ancient Egypt, 1390 to 1350 BC. The colossal statue of his head was discovered in an ancient temple in 1817 with the head protruding from the ground. The statue was found broken, with an arm belonging to the statue found close by. Amenhotep III wears the double crown of upper and lower Egypt. - from around 1370 BC - made from red granite. The head measures almost 9 1/2 feet tall and likely weighs around 4 tons. His arm can be found right next to his head

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The colossal granite head of Amenhotep III can be found in Room 4, ground floor.

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Rosetta Stone Located off the Great Court on the main floor -first artifact most see upon entering Dated from 196 BC, this large granite stone has a decree inscribed in : Greek; hieroglyphs; & demotic Egyptian. In 1799, during Napoleon’s campaign he brought art & science experts instructed to seize & study any important cultural artifact found This was unburied by French soldiers. The French had the stone until the British defeated Napoleon’s army in Alexandria & took the antiquities

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The Rosetta Stone (Room 4, ground floor)

Rosetta Stone

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A close up of the Rosetta Stone

British Museum c.1840    Interior view of the British Museum...

British Museum, c.1840 Interior view of the...

British Museum c.1840 Interior view of the British Museum...

The Gayer-Anderson Cat is an Ancient Egyptian statue of a cat made out of bronze, from the Late Period, about 664-332 BC / © The Trustees of the British Museum  Department: Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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Portrait bust of Cleopatra VII on display in the British Museum by Ahala, via Flickr Contrary to pop culture, Cleopatra was not a beautiful women. The idea of her as a knockout is because of her ability to persuade Caesar and Antony. She had a very large nose and it was stated that she had crooked eyes.

543 portrait bust resembling Cleopatra VII on display in the British Museum

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The immaculate wooden coffin, which holds the youngest Egyptian mummy, dates to around 664-525 BC.

This teeny tiny coffin hid a big secret in ancient Egypt

For more than a century, the teeny tiny coffin hid a big secret: the youngest mummy in ancient Egypt.

ゝ。Beautiful Sculpture Egyptian Cat.。A Gift from Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson to The British Museum From Saqqara, Egypt 。Late Period after 600 BC.。

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Wooden statue of Osiris, 20th Dynasty (c.1170 BC), Thebes, Egypt. British Museum

Statue of Osiris

Wooden statue of Osiris, 20th Dynasty (c.1170 BC), Thebes, Egypt. British Museum

One of three black granite statues of King Sesostris lll. Twelfth Dynasty, around 1850BC, from Deir el-Bahri. These three statues exhibit the fine portrait quality of Egyptian sculptures during the late Twelfth Dynasty. The faces are excellently worked, although the ears are over-large in common with many statues of the period. Taken by me @ British Museum.

One of three black granite statues of King Sesostris lll. Twelfth Dynasty, around 1850BC, from Deir el-Bahri. These three statues exhibit the fine portrait quality of Egyptian sculptures during the late Twelfth Dynasty. The faces are excellently worked, although the ears are over-large in common with many statues of the period. Taken by me @ British Museum.

Tashereniset Mother of Amasis II/Ahmose II British Museum

Tashereniset Mother of Amasis II/Ahmose II British Museum

Rameses II at the British Museum, London

Rameses II at the British Museum, London

Red granite head of Amenhotep III - the statue was found fragmented in Karnak,Egypt with only a surviving head and an arm - Circa 1370 bc. British Museum,London ~ photo by Gloria Bolton

Red granite head of Amenhotep III - the statue was found fragmented in Karnak,Egypt with only a surviving head and an arm - Circa 1370 bc. British Museum,London ~ photo by Gloria Bolton

Assyrian Section

Human headed winged lion - British Museum they originally formed the entrance to the throne room of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859BC) at Nimrud in northern Iraq. They were seen as protection from demons, and you can certainly see why; you can see the power and intimidation in the beautiful carving. Even more impressive is the perspective; the statue actually has five legs, so it looks correct from either the front or side.

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A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

Glazed terracotta tile. Nimrud. 875-850 BCE Protective spirit. Northwest Palace at Nimrud. 865 BCE Human headed winged lion, formerly flanking a doorway in the Northwest Palace at Nimrud. Time of A…

The arrival of the Assyrian sculptures at the British Museum, The Illustrated London News, 28 February 1852.

Sparking the imagination: the rediscovery of Assyria’s great lost city

The Museum’s current major exhibition explores the life of Assyria’s last great king, Ashurbanipal. Hugely powerful, Ashurbanipal ruled what was at the time the largest empire on earth but, within a few decades of his death, his empire had collapsed and his capital city burnt to the ground. George Woolliscroft Rhead after Ford Madox Brown, [...]

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ASSYRIA - PORTAL GUARDIAN FROM NIMROUD. BRITISH MUSEUM.

Assyria - Portal Guardian from Nimroud. British Museum

1 photographic print. | Statue of a lion with wings and head of a bearded man.

A stele of the Assyrian king Šamši-Adad V (c.815 BCE), making obeisance to the symbols of five deities, including (top) the horned crown of Anu (BM 118892, photo (c) The British Museum).

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Gypsum wall-panel depicting a bearded man in relief. Reign of Sargon II. Neo-Assyrian. 710 - 705 B.C. | The British Museum

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Full: Front Stone wall-panel depicting a bearded man in relief: this bearded head of a man, over lifesize, comes from a figure in a procession of tribute-bearers. The turban on his head and the style of his hair and beard identify him as someone from the west of the empire, probably the Syrian coast or Turkey. The top of the panel was cut to a rounded shape during the nineteenth century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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Elgin Marbles

The Elgin Marbles include some of these pieces of the Parthenon that fell off from age or the explosion. Other pieces come from either inside the Parthenon or from other buildings that stood on the infamous Acropolis of Athens. The many decorative friezes (sculptures within a horizontal band of architecture) and intricate statues now sit in the British Museum. This frieze is from the Parthanon

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View the Elgin Marbles in Room 18 (ground floor) of the museum

The ancient Parthenon of Greece was once a highly revered temple dedicated to Athena. Built in the fifth century BC, the Parthenon contained numerous sculptures on the interior and exterior of the building. After an explosion in 1687, many of these sculptures and decorative details fell off the temple. A Scottish ambassador (the 7th Earl of Elgin) to the Ottoman Empire removed many of these pieces from the Parthenon, who later sold them to the British Museum.

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Part of the Elgin Marbles

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View the Elgin Marbles in Room 18 (ground floor) of the museum

British Museum, The Parthenon Marbles, is a collection of classical Greek marble sculptures  that originally were part of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens. Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin obtained a controversial permit from the Ottoman authorities to remove pieces from the Parthenon.  From 1801 to 1812, Elgin's agents removed about half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon.

Elgin Marbles - Parthenon Sculptures - British Museum

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Caryatid, South Porch of the Erechtheum, Acropolis, Athens, marble, 421-407 B.C. (British Museum, London)

Caryatid, Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens

Caryatid, South Porch of the Erechtheum, Acropolis, Athens, marble, 421-407 B.C.E. (British Museum, London) Learn More on Smarthistory

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Phidias (Greek sculptor), "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon, 447–438 BCE, British Museum, London.

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"I had the inexpressible mortification of being present,when the Parthenon was despoiled of its finest sculptures.instead of the picturesque beauty...We cannot but execrate the spirit of barbarism which prompted them to shatter and mutilate,to pillage and overturn the noble works which Pericles and Iktinos had executed". ~ Edward Dodwell

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Parthenon, British Museum

Parthenon, British Museum

A part of the Mausoleum of Harlikarnassos (located in modern day Turkey), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. British Museum

A part of the Mausoleum of Harlikarnassos (located in modern day Turkey), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. British Museum

The Elgin marbles - British Museum, London

The Elgin marbles - British Museum, London

Phidias (Greek sculptor), "Elgin Marbles" from the Parthenon, 447–438 BCE, British Museum, London.

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Roman England

Portland Vase There are two scenes portrayed on the vase, however historians cannot seem to agree on the interpretation of the scenes. The horned man in the left photo above acts as a space between the two scenes. Despite being purposefully shattered in February of 1845 (by a drunken man), the vase looks impeccable after its few restorations.

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The Portland Vase can be found in Room 70, upper floor.

The Portland Vase, dated from 1-25 AD, is a Roman cameo glass vase. A luxury item, this type of glass is made from 2 different colored glasses and a skilled hand to etch and carve it. The artistry in this vase is amazing for its time. In fact, the Portland Vase is said to be the most famous piece of Roman cameo glass and has inspired many artisans within the last few centuries.

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Two scenes are depicted on the Portland Vase.

Ur

Room 56 (upper floor) of the British Museum. Found in modern-day Iraq, this artifact, found in the ‘King’s Grave’ at the Royal Cemetery of Ur, dates from 2,500 BC. Within this grave, six soldiers wearing copper helmets were found crushed by the weight of the soil, which had presumably been thrown into the grave upon burial.

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Room 56 (upper floor) of the British Museum. Found in modern-day Iraq, this artifact, found in the ‘King’s Grave’ at the Royal Cemetery of Ur, dates from 2,500 BC. Within this grave, six soldiers wearing copper helmets were found crushed by the weight of the soil, which had presumably been thrown into the grave upon burial.

Sutton Hoe Burial exhibit

The 1939 excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial site in Suffolk, England is one of the most significant English archaeological discoveries. This discovery yielded a ship burial site as well as the likely burial site of a ruler of the East Angles. Burial was likely around 625 AD and its discovery presents a lot of information and artifacts about a time period that researchers once knew very little about.

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In 1973, the Royal Armouries of England were tasked with creating a replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet, as it likely looked before its 7th century burial. This is that replica. Find this in Room 41 of the upper floor of the British Museum.

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Decoding the great gold buckle from Sutton Hoo. Click on the image for larger version.

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art

One of the most enjoyable things about working with the British Museum’s Anglo-Saxon collection is having the opportunity to study the intricate designs of the many brooches, buckles, and other pieces of decorative metalwork. This is because in Anglo-Saxon art there is always more than meets the eye. The objects invite careful contemplation, and you [...]

Sutton Hoo shield boss

Sutton Hoo shield boss

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Viking Horns from the Sutton Hoe burial, British Museum. London, 9 February 2008

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1: The British Museum - 5,575,946 visitors in 2012.

1: The British Museum - 5,575,946 visitors in 2012.

The Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, London, England

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Admission is free to the British Museum.  You could spend days viewing the world's treasures there.

Admission is free to the British Museum. You could spend days viewing the world's treasures there.

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Egyptian cat statue - British Museum

British Museum Tips: How To See The Highlights In Just One Day

Read our British Museum tips, and make the most of your visit by learning where to find the highlights! Includes travel info, opening times, and maps.

Human headed winged lion - British Museum they originally formed the entrance to the throne room of King Ashurnasirpal II (883-859BC) at Nimrud in northern Iraq. They were seen as protection from demons, and you can certainly see why; you can see the power and intimidation in the beautiful carving. Even more impressive is the perspective; the statue actually has five legs, so it looks correct from either the front or side.

British Museum Tips: How To See The Highlights In Just One Day

Read our British Museum tips, and make the most of your visit by learning where to find the highlights! Includes travel info, opening times, and maps.

Colossal Horse from Halikarnassos – from the 4th century BC, found in Turkey (Room 21, ground floor) British Museum London One of four horses that was positioned on top of the mausoleum of King Maussollos of Halikarnassos, from 350 BC.

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

Portland Vase There are two scenes portrayed on the vase, however historians cannot seem to agree on the interpretation of the scenes. The horned man in the left photo above acts as a space between the two scenes. Despite being purposefully shattered in February of 1845 (by a drunken man), the vase looks impeccable after its few restorations.

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The Portland Vase can be found in Room 70, upper floor.

The Portland Vase, dated from 1-25 AD, is a Roman cameo glass vase. A luxury item, this type of glass is made from 2 different colored glasses and a skilled hand to etch and carve it. The artistry in this vase is amazing for its time. In fact, the Portland Vase is said to be the most famous piece of Roman cameo glass and has inspired many artisans within the last few centuries.

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Two scenes are depicted on the Portland Vase.

Room 56 (upper floor) of the British Museum. Found in modern-day Iraq, this artifact, found in the ‘King’s Grave’ at the Royal Cemetery of Ur, dates from 2,500 BC. Within this grave, six soldiers wearing copper helmets were found crushed by the weight of the soil, which had presumably been thrown into the grave upon burial.

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Room 56 (upper floor) of the British Museum. Found in modern-day Iraq, this artifact, found in the ‘King’s Grave’ at the Royal Cemetery of Ur, dates from 2,500 BC. Within this grave, six soldiers wearing copper helmets were found crushed by the weight of the soil, which had presumably been thrown into the grave upon burial.

5,000 year old figures in Room 59, upper floor. These three figures were found in a tomb near Bab edh-Dhra, close to the Dead Sea in Jordan. Researchers have dated these crude figures (made of unfired clay) to be from 3300-3100 BC. Two of the figures are obviously male,

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5,000 year old figures in Room 59, upper floor. These three figures were found in a tomb near Bab edh-Dhra, close to the Dead Sea in Jordan. Researchers have dated these crude figures (made of unfired clay) to be from 3300-3100 BC. Two of the figures are obviously male,

Amenhotep III. a pharaoh of ancient Egypt, 1390 to 1350 BC. The colossal statue of his head was discovered in an ancient temple in 1817 with the head protruding from the ground. The statue was found broken, with an arm belonging to the statue found close by. Amenhotep III wears the double crown of upper and lower Egypt. - from around 1370 BC - made from red granite. The head measures almost 9 1/2 feet tall and likely weighs around 4 tons. His arm can be found right next to his head

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

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The colossal granite head of Amenhotep III can be found in Room 4, ground floor.

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

The 1939 excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial site in Suffolk, England is one of the most significant English archaeological discoveries. This discovery yielded a ship burial site as well as the likely burial site of a ruler of the East Angles. Burial was likely around 625 AD and its discovery presents a lot of information and artifacts about a time period that researchers once knew very little about.

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

In 1973, the Royal Armouries of England were tasked with creating a replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet, as it likely looked before its 7th century burial. This is that replica. Find this in Room 41 of the upper floor of the British Museum.

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

Hoa Hakananai’aRoom 24, ground floorThis huge basalt stone was found on Easter Island around 1200 AD. Carved in the shape of a man, its name, “Hoa Hakananai’a”, means Stolen/Hidden Friend. Interestingly, it was once painted with red and white designs and the eye sockets were decorated with red stone and coral. These large stone statues would have been placed on a platform on Easter Island, with their backs to the sea, acting as protector of the island. It’s hard to imagine that so long ago…

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

The Elgin Marbles include some of these pieces of the Parthenon that fell off from age or the explosion. Other pieces come from either inside the Parthenon or from other buildings that stood on the infamous Acropolis of Athens. The many decorative friezes (sculptures within a horizontal band of architecture) and intricate statues now sit in the British Museum. This frieze is from the Parthanon

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

If visiting London, plan a trip to the world famous British Museum. See my list of must-see artifacts with all the info you need for an effortless visit!

Top 10 Things to See at the British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

British Museum - Escaping the Midwest

View the Elgin Marbles in Room 18 (ground floor) of the museum

The ancient Parthenon of Greece was once a highly revered temple dedicated to Athena. Built in the fifth century BC, the Parthenon contained numerous sculptures on the interior and exterior of the building. After an explosion in 1687, many of these sculptures and decorative details fell off the temple. A Scottish ambassador (the 7th Earl of Elgin) to the Ottoman Empire removed many of these pieces from the Parthenon, who later sold them to the British Museum.

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Part of the Elgin Marbles

Rosetta Stone Located off the Great Court on the main floor -first artifact most see upon entering Dated from 196 BC, this large granite stone has a decree inscribed in : Greek; hieroglyphs; & demotic Egyptian. In 1799, during Napoleon’s campaign he brought art & science experts instructed to seize & study any important cultural artifact found This was unburied by French soldiers. The French had the stone until the British defeated Napoleon’s army in Alexandria & took the antiquities

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The Rosetta Stone (Room 4, ground floor)