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John Constable (1776-1837), Stonehenge

How a particular place has been depicted by different artists can reveal as much about the time and culture the artist lived in as it does the place being depicted. The great prehistoric British monument of Stonehenge is no exception. These two images of Stonehenge were made by two famous artists, one English and one Japanese.
Sloane astrolabe

This beatiful and complex object is an astrolabe. It could be used for navigating a ship by calculating latitude, but it could also be used for time-keeping (both day and night) and for surveying and casting horoscopes. Astrolabes came to Europe from the Islamic world in the Middle Ages.
Navigation chart (mattang)

This frame of sticks and seashells is a map to help sailors navigate part of the Pacific Ocean. It was used by the Marshall Islanders of Micronesia, whose islands are spread across several hundred miles of the Pacific Ocean. A detailed knowledge of winds, tides, currents, wave patterns and swells was vital to their successful navigation. The map would not have been taken on a voyage but was made to help train people selected to become navigators and could be used as a memory aid before setting out.
Gilded mummy mask

Ancient egyptians used mummy masks to protect the face of the deceased and act as a substitute for the mummified head, should it be damaged or lost. Egyptians believed that the spirit (ba) survived death and could leave the tomb but needed to recognize its host in order to return. It is perhaps odd therefore that mummy masks are rarely realistic portraits but usually have idealized features, such as on this example.
Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543), Portrait of an English Woman

The british museum contains thousands of images of people from a huge variety of cultures and periods of history. Few however are actual portraits that attempt to show what a person really looked like. The identity of this woman drawn by the artist Hans Holbein is no longer known, but she was probably a lady from the court of the English king Henry VIII (reigned 1509-47).
Albrect Dürer (1471-1528), The Rhinoceros

Both this rhinoceros and the elephants were created by artists who had never seen the living animals. The creator of the rhino woodcut, Albrect Dürer, is well known. We do not know who made the elephants. This celebrated woodcut records the arrival in Lisbon of an Indian rhinoceros on 20 May 1515 as a gift to the king of Portugal.