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Manohar, Emperor Jahangir receiving his two sons

This album painting in gouache on paper depicts the Mughal emperor Jahangir (reigned 1605-27), who ordered the gold tnohur on the opposite page to be made. Jahangir is shown beneath a richly decorated canopy being served food and drink by his sons Khusrau and Parviz. Below Jahangir's feet is an inscription reading Carnal Manuhar (the work of Manohar).
Gold mohur commemorating the father of a Mughal emperor

The Mughal emperor of India traditionally distributed special presentation coins (nazarana) and coin-like commemorative medals on the anniversary of his accession, or at New Year. The New Year ceremony took place at the beginning of the solar year and was an excuse to show off the wealth of the emperor's treasures.
Carving of Queen Victoria

The Yoruba of Nigeria are renowned for their skill in carving wood, an artistic tradition hundreds of years old. They produce ceremonial masks, everyday objects and sculptures, depicting both secular and religious subjects.
Commemorative head of Queen Idia

This brass head represents Queen Mother Idia, whose son Esigie was a king (oba) of the Benin people about 1504-10. Benin was one of the major powers in West Africa, in the region of modern south-west Nigeria. Its wealth was expressed in many art forms such as cast brass figures and plaques. Some of the most beautiful objects include castings of the royal family such as this head.
Colossal bust of Ramesses II

This bust оf Ramesses II, ruler of Egypt 1279-1212 вс, is from the Ramesseum, his mortuary temple at Thebes. It is one of the largest pieces of Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum and weighs 7.25 tons.
Ivory statuette of a king

Тhis figurine, discovered in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, is one of the earliest surviving portraits 'in the round' of an Egyptian king. It cannot be associated with any particular ruler, although there are tombs of a number of kings of the period not far from the Temple.
Rulers

Physically dominating the huge Egyptian Sculpture Gallery in the British Museum are numerous fragments of massive images of pharaohs, from huge heads such as that of Ramesses II to, perhaps more tellingly, a large granite fist. These fragments are a strong reminder of how rulers throughout the world have created powerful images of themselves to celebrate or commemorate their power, might and achievements, and sometime these images have lasted thousands of years after their deaths.
Red deer antler heddress

This is thought to be a headdress worn by ancient Britons nearly 10 000 years ago. The holes would have been used to tie it to the head with a leather thong. It may have been worn by hunters as a disguise, but it is more likely to have been part of a costume worn on special occasions, perhaps during religious ceremonies.
Feather bonnet of Yellow Calf


This magnificent feather headdress belonged to Yellow Calf, the last traditional chief of the Arapaho Nation. He was photographed wearing the headdress in 1927, a few years before his death in 1935.
Gold shoulder clasps

These heavy gold shoulder clasps were found in the famous ship burial at Sutton Hoo, thought to be the tomb of Raedwald, a powerful East Anglian king. They would originally have been attached to lightweight body armour, probably made of leather as no trace of it remained in the grave.