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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


  1. What a cool exhibition! Thanks for the great photos.

    1. Thanks Rodger, definitely a cool exhibition.

  2. What an amazing exhibition, thank you for sharing.

  3. I have visited the British Museum in seems that we love the same things, great pictures!

    1. Thanks Phil, I'm sure you really enjoyed it, the British Museum is amazing!

  4. Croesus, the king who suspected he might be rich and invented money to prove it...

    I'm going to have to get down to Canberra to catch this one! Thanks for sharing!

    1. No worries, it is definitely worth a visit!