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The Queen opened our spectacular Great Court #onthisday in 2000. This has opened up the heart of the Museum and acts as a hub for visitors. The amazing ceiling has 3,312 panes of glass, each of which is unique! You can tour the Great Court (and the rest of the Museum) on Google Street View: [ Ow.ly Link ]
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Do you know what this #MysteryObject was once used for? Hint: it’s around 44cm long.
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It’s #StNicholasDay – this panel from Russia shows the saint surrounded by 14 scenes from his life. He’s said to have performed miracles when he was alive during the 3rd and 4th centuries including healing and saving people from drowning. [ Ow.ly Link ]
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‘The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come’ – Nelson Mandela died #onthisday in 2013.

See how Mandela’s inspirational story helped shape the history of his nation in our #SouthAfricanArt exhibition: [ Ow.ly Link ]

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12/04/2016 at 11:45. Facebook
Cyrus the Great died #onthisday in 530 BC. His Achaemenid empire, now often known as the Persian empire, stretched from South Asia to the Balkans. This object is known as the ‘Cyrus cylinder’ – it details his conquest of Babylon in 539 BC. Inscribed in Babylonian cuneiform, an ancient system of writing, the cylinder has sometimes been described as the 'first charter of human rights'. In fact...
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Artist Mary Sibande confronts history with her art. ‘A Reversed Retrogress’ is on display in our #SouthAfricanArt exhibition – here she discusses the issues of race, gender and identity in post-apartheid South Africa and how they influenced this dramatic work. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Mary Sibande (b. 1982), A Reversed Retrogress: Scene 1 (The Purple Shall Govern), 2013. © Mary Sibande. Courtesy of...
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12/02/2016 at 17:15. Facebook
Southern Africa is one of the places where modern humans evolved, inspiring many contemporary artists. This computer-generated image was created by Karel Nel for a poster in 1985 celebrating the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the ‘Taung Child’. The skull is 2.5 million years old, and is that of an early human ancestor, the Australopithecus africanus. The find provided evidence that...
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12/01/2016 at 10:46. Facebook
December takes its name from ‘decem’, the Latin for 10, as it was the tenth month of the Roman calendar. In the northern hemisphere it will be getting colder and darker, and there might be a chance of snow! This serene snowy scene is of Kinkakuji in Japan. [ Ow.ly Link ]

Kawase Hasui (1883–1957), detail of Yuki no Kinkakuji (Snow at Kinkakuji) from the series Nihon fukei senshu (Selected...
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11/30/2016 at 17:42. Facebook
These stunning objects are known as the Basse Yutz flagons, after the French town where they were found. Flagons were used at feasts to pour wine or beer, which on these would flow under the duck just behind the spout, making the duck look like it was swimming. The flagons date from around 450 BC and are some of the finest examples of Celtic craftsmanship. They are similar to Etruscan designs...
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William Blake was born #onthisday in 1757. A poet, printmaker and painter, Blake’s best-known work combines his poetry with beautiful illustrations and decoration. Although he was working at the same time as the Romantic painters and poets, his style remains unique and distinct from his contemporaries. Blake’s work from the 1780s and 1790s forms an important part of the Museum’s prints and...
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This striking mosaic was made around 500 years ago in Mexico. It’s a pectoral – a type of jewellery designed to be worn on the chest. Double-headed serpents (known as maquizcoatl) were considered to be the bearers of bad omens and were associated with figures of authority who may have worn this type of jewellery as part of a ritual process.

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‘Everything that I do starts with an effort in recalling who I am’ – artist Kara Walker, born #onthisday in 1969. Predominantly in black and white, her work addresses race, gender, the American Civil War and slavery in the USA.

See prints by Kara Walker in our #AmericanDream exhibition from March 2017: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Artist profile: Kara Walker

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Paper currency was first used in China as early as AD 1000. It was the Chinese who first printed a value on a piece of paper and persuaded everyone that it was worth what it said it was. The whole modern banking system of paper and credit is built on this one simple act of faith.

This banknote is from 1375, and is given the title of ‘Great Ming circulating treasure note’. The Ming were the...
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Around 3 million years ago our early ancestors collected and valued objects for their appearance. This pebble was perhaps picked up by an Australopithecus africanus because its natural shape suggests a face. Objects like this identify South Africa as one of the places where modern human behaviour began.

Discover this deep history in our #SouthAfricanArt exhibition:
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Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s holiday in the USA celebrates the abundance of harvest. This Botticelli drawing shows Autumn, with a cornucopia of fruit and flowers. What are you feasting on today?
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born #onthisday in 1864. His artworks captured the vitality of Paris in the late 19th century. These works show some of Toulouse-Lautrec’s favourite subjects: from the glamour of the theatre to the intimacy of a bathing scene.

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Claude Lorrain was one of the most influential artists of the Baroque period. Known for painting landscapes that were bathed in softly glowing light, his careful compositions were often imaginary scenes. Born in the Duchy of Lorraine (now part of France), he spent most of his time working in Italy and his paintings included fanciful depictions of Roman architecture. He drew all his...
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