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Asante ewer

This bronze ewer was made in England during the reign of Richard II (1377-99) and was discovered in 1896 in the Asante kingdom on the west coast of Africa. The front of the jug bears the royal arms of England and each of the facets of the lid contains a lion and a stag. These symbols date the jug to the last nine years of Richard’s reign, when he adopted the badge of the white hart.

This blue glass sugar bowl is also a piece of political propaganda from early XIX-century Britain. The bowl is from a tea box that also contained compartments for black and green (unfermented) tea. The bowl is inscribed in gilt with the words EAST INDIA SUGAR not made by SLAVES.
Asante-style drum

This drum was made in the style of the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa, but was collected in Virginia, then an English colony in North America, around AD 1730-45. It is one of the earliest known surviving African-American objects and was probably brought to the New World on the middle passage of a slave-trading voyage. The first passage was from Britain to Africa carrying goods, the second from Africa to the American colonies carrying slaves, and the third from America to Britain carrying trade goods.
Warren CupThis Roman silver cup is decorated with homoerotic scenes. The Romans had very different views about sexuality than we do today, while in the Greek world the partnering of older men with youths was an accepted element of their education. Representations of sexual acts are widely found in Roman art, on glass and pottery vessels, terracotta lamps and wall-paintings in both public and private buildings. Such images would have been seen by men and women of all ages and social classes.
Carved calcite cobble

This small sculpture is one of the oldest human images in the British Museum. It is about 10,000 years old and was carved from a calcite cobble, its natural shape used to represent the outline of a pair of lovers. Their heads, arms and legs appear as raised areas around which the surface has been picked away with a stone point or chisel. The arms of the slightly larger figure hug the shoulders of the other and its knees are bent up underneath those of the slightly smaller figure. The image is also phallic when viewed from any angle.
Franks casket

When it came to light in the nineteenth century, this magnificent rectangular whalebone casket was being used as a family workbox in Auzon, France. At some point during its mysterious history it was dismantled and one end panel was separated from the rest of the box. This piece was bequeathed to the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence.
Admonitions handscroll

Тhis handscroll, one of the earliest surviving paintings on silk made in China, is the Museum’s most important Chinese painting. It illustrates a poem entitled ‘The Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies’, which offers a code of ethics to the women of the imperial court. The painting is probably a copy made in the late fifth or sixth century of an original by the leading Chinese figural painter Gu Kaizhi (c. AD 344-306), who was renowned for his ability to capture the spirit of his subjects.
Rembrandt von Rijn (1606-69), The Three Crosses

Еhe Вritish museum holds many images of the Crucifixion from Christian art across the world. This example is also one of the Dutch artist Rembrandt’s most formidable masterpieces as a printmaker. The drypoint print illustrates the moment of Christ’s death, when ‘there was darkness over the whole land’ (Mark 15:33). A flood of supernatural lights illuminates the ground immediately around the cross. Dark shadows fill the four corners, and the figures hurrying away in the foreground are silhouetted against the brightness.
Crucifixion of Christ

Тhis is one of the earliest known depictions of the Crucifixion in Christian art. It was made in Rome about AD 420-30, at a time when the Roman empire in Western Europe was fragmenting. The panel is one of four, originally mounted on the sides of a small ivory casket, each carved with a scene from Christ’s Passion.
Urushibara Mokuchu (Yoshijiro) (1888-1953), Stonehenge, Moonlight

This view of Stonehenge was made by the Japanese artist Urushibara. A woodblock print artist, he came to London from Tokyo as part of an exhibition of Japanese print-making. He remained in England teaching colour woodblock printing techniques and became a major influence on the works of many European artists.