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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 #🐱
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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 #🐱
🐱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
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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
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 #📸
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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 #📸
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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
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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
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
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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
💐🌳 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
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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
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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
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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

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