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🐈Japanese legends sometimes portray cats as evil-minded creatures – in one tale
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🐈Japanese legends sometimes portray cats as evil-minded creatures – in one tale a cat-witch terrified a whole town in central Japan! Artist Katsukawa Shunsho hints at this portrayal in this painted scroll by giving the cat wide, staring eyes. This painting from the late 18th century is unusual in that it portrays a cat on its own – puppies and kittens were more common depicted alongside people. #InternationalCatDay#cat#cats#BritishMuseum#art#painting#Japan#artist#🐱
16.08.2018 16:35:51
🐱This finely detailed print of a cat (and cheeky mouse!) was made in 1657 by Dut
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🐱This finely detailed print of a cat (and cheeky mouse!) was made in 1657 by Dutch engraver Cornelis Visscher. The artist has captured the quality of the stiff whiskers and soft, glossy fur. The cat appears large because it covers most of the frame, leaving just the corners for the arched window, the stone that contains Visscher's signature and the small mouse. #InternationalCatDay#cat#cats#BritishMuseum#art#print#engraving
11.08.2018 09:04:40
🐱The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that if a cat died a natural death in an Eg
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🐱The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that if a cat died a natural death in an Egyptian household, all the inhabitants would shave their eyebrows! This life-size sculpture of a cat is made from copper and adorned with gold ear and nose rings. It was created over 2,300 years ago and dedicated to the goddess Bastet, who was often represented as a cat. Ancient Egyptians considered cats sacred and they were buried and mummified in their own right. #InternationalCatDay#cat#cats#BritishMuseum#AncientEgypt#Bastet
08.08.2018 16:15:59
Pioneering photographer Roger Fenton died #onthisday in 1869. In 1852 he started
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Pioneering photographer Roger Fenton died #onthisday in 1869. In 1852 he started taking photos for the Museum and had a glass studio built on the roof where smaller objects could be photographed. He also photographed the galleries, and experimented with stereoscopic images that gave the illusion of being 3D when viewed through a ‘stereo viewer’. This photo shows ancient Greek and Roman statues in the mid-19th century – swipe to watch how the two images combine to give a ‘3D’ effect. Find out more about photography at the Museum from the 1840s to today in our blog post – link in bio. #BritishMuseum#London#photography#RogerFenton#photograph#blackandwhitephotography#LondonHistory#📸
08.08.2018 09:25:37
The Museum was once home to natural history objects, including this ‘Gigantic Ir
The Museum was once home to natural history objects, including this ‘Gigantic Irish Deer’ shown in the galleries in the mid-19th century. These collections were on display for over 120 years until the Museum started running out of space to display, care for and store them. In 1881 the British Museum (Natural History) – now the @Natural_History_Museum – opened in South Kensington. It took 394 trips by horse and cart over 97 days to move the zoological collections to their new home! #BritishMuseum#NaturalHistoryMuseum#NaturalHistory#NHM#photography#history#London#LondonHistory
05.08.2018 08:07:49
This photo of the discobolus statue was taken in the mid-19th century by pioneer
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This photo of the discobolus statue was taken in the mid-19th century by pioneering photographer Roger Fenton. The statue is a Roman marble copy of a Greek bronze original, and is famed for having a head that does not belong to the original body. The head is very close in age and style, and uses marble that is exceptionally well matched to the torso, but it has been attached at the wrong angle! Complete statues from the time reveal the head to be turned to look towards the discus, rather than the floor. Here it’s shown in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery, but more recently it’s been on display in the Enlightenment Gallery (Room 1). Find out more about photography at the Museum from the 1840s to today in our blog post – link in bio. #BritishMuseum#sculpture#AncientHistory#photography#RogerFenton#photograph#discus#blackandwhitephotography
03.08.2018 15:12:25
💐🌳 This is one of Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations to her 1909 book ‘The
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💐🌳 This is one of Beatrix Potter’s original illustrations to her 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’. While this book was in the works, Potter stayed with her aunt and uncle in Wales where she made many studies of the garden. She had described it on an earlier visit as 'the prettiest kind of garden, where bright old-fashioned flowers grow amongst the currant bushes.' #BeatrixPotter#PeterRabbit#FlopsyBunnies#rabbits#Wales#bunnies#illustration
31.07.2018 09:10:51
🐰💤 The Flopsy Bunnies have fallen asleep after eating lots of ‘soporific’ lettuc
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🐰💤 The Flopsy Bunnies have fallen asleep after eating lots of ‘soporific’ lettuce in this illustration by Beatrix Potter. Published in 1909, ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’ follows the six children of Benjamin and Flopsy as they escape the clutches of Mr McGregor after falling asleep in his garden. #BeatrixPotter#PeterRabbit#FlopsyBunnies#rabbits#bunnies#illustration#LakeDistrict
29.07.2018 07:18:02
🐰🐇 Beatrix Potter was born #onthisday in 1866. This charming illustration is fro
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🐰🐇 Beatrix Potter was born #onthisday in 1866. This charming illustration is from her 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’. Who’s your favourite Beatrix Potter character? #BeatrixPotter#PeterRabbit#FlopsyBunnies#rabbits#bunnies#illustration#LakeDistrict#🐰
28.07.2018 08:04:52
These tiny pyramid-shaped objects showcase the finest in Anglo-Saxon craftsmansh
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These tiny pyramid-shaped objects showcase the finest in Anglo-Saxon craftsmanship. They were found at #SuttonHoo in the east of England and formed part of a sword-harness, perhaps used for tightening and loosening leather straps. Made from gold and inlaid with garnets and glass, they would have required immense skill to make without modern precision tools or magnifying lenses – both are less than 2cm across! The craftsperson showcased their mastery of inlaying garnets by cutting the stones to follow each edge, wrapping around the corners perfectly. It’s unknown whether the high-status war-gear discovered at Sutton Hoo was ever worn in battle or was just ceremonial, but the sword found at the site does show evidence of being used. Pyramidal mounts were also made in plainer, cheaper versions that were constructed from different metals. #BritishMuseum#AngloSaxon#AngloSaxons#gold#cloisonné#craftsmanship
27.07.2018 07:15:09
✨The finds at #SuttonHoo contained a number of stunning gold objects. Covered in
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✨The finds at #SuttonHoo contained a number of stunning gold objects. Covered in fantastic imagery rendered in gold, garnet cloisonné and glass, they revealed a lot about 7th-century Anglo-Saxon art and metalworking techniques. This purse lid is elaborately decorated with scenes showing birds of prey attacking duck-like birds, and a heroic image of a man standing between two beasts. The purse would have been hung from the waist by three straps, acting as a very visible display of wealth. #BritishMuseum#cloisonné#AngloSaxon#AngloSaxons#jewellery#gold#craftsmanship
26.07.2018 16:30:01
The spectacular #SuttonHoo treasure was unearthed #onthisday in 1939 – one of th
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The spectacular #SuttonHoo treasure was unearthed #onthisday in 1939 – one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in the UK! Discovered in the east of England, the site was probably the burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and contained meticulously crafted metalwork and jewellery. The iconic helmet is extremely rare – only four complete examples have survived from Anglo-Saxon England. Elaborately decorated, it contains a hidden motif that might not be obvious at first glance. A bird or dragon is created by the central gilding – the moustache forms the tail, the nose becomes the body and the eyebrows the wings, with the head just above 🐉🦅 You can explore the amazing 7th-century treasures of #SuttonHoo in Room 41! #BritishMuseum#AngloSaxon#AngloSaxons#jewellery
26.07.2018 10:16:04
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