Sunday, 9 January 2022

Treasures of the British Museum

The British Museum in London is dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection of some 8 million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, and originates from all continents.

The British Museum was established in 1753 and first opened to the public in 1759.

The Rillaton gold cup. The main body of the cup was beaten out of a single lump of gold of high purity.

The ship-burial at Sutton Hoo, dating from the early 7th century and excavated in 1939, is one of the most magnificent finds in England.

The Fishpool hoard comprises 1,237 coins, four rings, four pieces of jewellery and two lengths of chain. It was probably deposited some time between winter 1463 and summer 1464.

This Mughal gold pendant is inlaid with flat-cut rubies and emeralds and a large faceted diamond, in the pattern of a flying bird, against a leafy background of rubies.

The Middleham Jewel was found near Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire in 1985. It dates to 1400AD

Diamond and platinum clip brooch containing a carved Mughal emerald with a floral motif.

Gold locket with the hair of Queen Marie Antoinette