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Nazelnut roulade with raspberries and cream

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Notting Hill Gate

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Mummy portrait of Artemidorus

Bronze head of Apollo («Chatsworth Head»)

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'Fowling in the marshes', fragment of wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun

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The musicians

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Mask of the Nulthamalth (fool dancer)

Тhis mask was made by members of the Kwakwaka'wakw nation, who live on Vancouver Island and the surrounding mainland of the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is used during the potlatch, a ceremony in which wealth is demonstrated through the act of giving it away, which is an important element of Kwakwaka'wakw culture.
Wooden bodhisattva mask

THE MUSEUM CONTAINS numerous masks from various parts of the world, many of which were made for use in religious ceremonies. This lacquered and gilded wooden mask from Japan is over 700 years old. It represents a Buddhist bodhisattva and would have been worn during a gyodo ceremony. This was an outdoor procession of Buddhist priests wearing masks, led by dancers carrying a shishi (lion) mask to exorcise the route.
Holy Thorn reliquary

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Bimaran reliquary

This gold reliquary, an elaborate container for holding holy relics, was found in the XIX century in a stone box with an inscription stating that it contained some of the actual bones of the Buddha. However, both its lid and contents were missing. The reliquary was deposited in a stupa with pearls, beads and four coins dating to about AD 50 and is a crucial object in the study of the history of Buddhism.
[center]Sandstone stele with a figure of Harihara

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“Queen of the Night” relief

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Gilded bronze figure of Tara

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Raphael (1483-1520), The Virgin and Child

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