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Monday, 26 September 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum - Part Two

Bronze mirror, Haguro San, Japan 1100-1200 CE

Moche pots, Peru 100-700 CE

Mayan altar, Copan, Honduras c.763-822 CE

Huastec goddess, Mexico 900-1521 CE

Aztec spirit, Mexico 1400-1521 CE

Inca gold llama, Peru 1400-1521 CE

Bell shrine of St Conall Cael, Inishkeel, Ireland 1400-1500 CE

Lewis chessmen, Isle of Lewis, Scotland 1150-1175 CE

Ife head, Ife, Nigeria 1100-1400 CE

Hebrew astrolabe probably from Spain 1345-1355 CE

Durer's Rhinoceros, Nuremberg, Germany 1515 CE

Pieces of eight from silver mined in Bolivia & Mexico 1598-1621 CE

Kakiemon elephant, Arita, Japan 1650-1700 CE

Ivory figure of Christ, Goa, India 1600-1700 CE

Miniature of a Mughal prince, India c.1610 CE

Benin plaque: The Oba with Europeans, Benin, Nigeria 1500-1600 CE

Fifty manillas found in Nigeria 16th-19th century

North American frock coat, Canada 1800-1900 CE

Hawaiian basketry helmet 1700-1800 CE

Sowei mask, Sherbro, Sierra Leone c.1880 CE

Fiel dos Santos' Mother, Maputo, Mozambique 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum - Part One

Queen's Lyre, Ur, Iraq c.2500 BCE

At the National Museum of Australia there is currently on (9 September 2016 to 29 January 2017), an exhibition - A History of the World in 100 Objects from the British Museum. This morning I jumped on my pushy and rode down to check it out. We visited the British Museum in 2011 but it was a real treat to reacquaint myself with some of these incredible objects. I went a bit crazy with the photos and will post a part two later on. I'd highly recommend a visit, hopefully these photos offer a bit of a teaser for the exhibition!

Reconstructed bull's head

Ramses II, Temple of Khum c.1280 BCE

Clay tablet, Southern Iraq c.3000 BCE

Cuneiform clay tablet, Nineveh, Iraq c.700 BCE

Assyrian relief, Nineveh, Iraq c.700 BCE

Egyptian funerary stela 100 BCE - 100 CE

Sophocles, Lazio, Italy c. 150 CE

Augustus, Meroe, Nubia c. 25 BCE

Chinese bronze bell 600 to 900 CE

North American animal pipes 200 BCE to 400 CE

Statue of Mithras, Rome, Italy 100 to 200 BCE

Arabian bronze hand, Yemen 100 to 300 CE

Buddha from Gandhara, Pakistan 100 to 300 CE

Silver plate of a Sasanian king hunting, Iran 309 to 379 CE

Jonah sarcophagus, Ilminster, UK 200 to 300 CE

Deer banner, Dunhuang, China 800 to 900 CE

Borobudur Buddha head, Java, Indonesia 780 to 840 CE

Hoxne pepper pot, England 350 to 400 CE

Carolingian ivory panel c. 800 CE

Goldsborough hoard deposited 925 CE

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Battle of Newmarket 1864 - Black Powder ACW Game

Confederates occupy fields and hill outside Newmarket

Wharton and Echols Brigades

1st Brigade and 2nd Cavalry Brigade

Withering Confederate fire disorders most of the Union forces

Union reinforcements arrive, not before time!

Last Sunday Craig, Garry, Bern, Gary and I met down at the Vikings Club in Lanyon to play two games. In the morning we played a quick game of L'Arte de La Guerre (ADLG) - see photos at the end of the post. In the afternoon we played a Black Powder ACW game using the scenario of the Battle of Newmarket 1864 from the Glory Hallelujah! supplement (pp. 164 - 169). Most of the lovely Perry figures belong to Craig and Gary. Above and below are photos of this game which the Confederates ending up winning fairly easily.

1st Cavalry Brigade under Tibbet sneaks around the woods

Imboden's and Tibbet's Brigades fight on the flank

Union Brigades advance

The remains of Wyncoop's Brigade finally retires

Confederates easily hold their lines and control Newmarket

Here are a few photos of the quick 100 point L'Arte de la Guerre (ADLG) game we played in the morning with Etruscans versus Samnites. The Etruscans won again! Thanks to Craig, Garry, Bern and Gary for the fun games.

Etruscans deployed

Samnites deployed

Side view of the table

Etruscan spearmen

More Etruscan spearmen

The armies close

Cavalry and skirmishers fight on both flanks

The infantry slog it out in the centre