Masterpieces of the British Museum


And Museum of Science (Thanks to Stefan Druc for photographic assistance)



Picture of Assurbanipal

Boat of Queen Mutamnia (1400 BC)

Horus

Taweret


Khepri (sun god)

Assyrian soldiers (Nineveh palace, 700 BC)

Assyrian soldiers in a boat

Nimrod palace bull (865 BC)


Acropolis (reconstruction)

Acropolis (reconstruction)

Acropolis (reconstruction)


Roman empire: Mask of Phobos/ Fear (Halikarnassus, 4th AD)


Roman empire: Mosaic from Carthage (Carthage, 4th AD)

Royal game of Ur (2600 BC)

Clay tablets: foundation document (Assyria, 1900 BC, restoration of a temple and town-hall expansion)

Clay tablets: Babylonia cylinder 1823 BC (dedication of a temple)


Clay tablets: Flood tablet, epic of Atrahasis (Babylonia, 1635 BC)

Reconstruction of Ur's ziggurat

Greek coins: Lydia's electrum coins 575 BC, silver coins 500 BC, Achemaenid coins 500 BC

Chinese coin: spade coin 600 BC


Greek drachma

Sicilian coins (Syracuse, 400 BC)

Tv Set Model 817 (1938) - Museum of Science

Babbage's "Difference Engine" (1859) manufactured by Edvard Scheutz


Pascal's "Calculating Machine" (1642)

Burroughs' calculator (1897)

Ashubarnipal from Nimrud's North-west palace

Parthenon


Parthenon frieze

Parthenon frieze

Parthenon frieze

Parthenon metopes


Nereid Monument (Lykian, 390 BC), first example of a temple tomb (before Halikarnassos)

Nereid Monument

Nereid Monument

Nereid Monument


Sumerian temple at Khafaje

Game of Ur

Standard of Ur

Standard of Ur


Standard of Ur

Standard of Ur

Standard of Ur

Laws of Hammurabi


The Franks casket of carved whalebone (made by Viking craftsmen during the first half of the 8th century AD Northumbria, England), with scenes from Roman, Jewish, Christian and Germanic tradition, with accompanying text in runic and Roman script in both English and Latin languages.

The Franks casket. The front has two scenes: the Germanic legend of Weland the Smith (left) and the Adoration of the Magi (right).

The Franks casket. The left side shows the Rome's founders Romulus and Remus. The inscription at the bottom says "AFCEDDAE HIAE WYLIF IN ROMAE KAESTRI"

The Franks casket. The back shows the capture of Jerusalem in AD 70 by the Romans.


Shang bronzes

Shang bronzes

Western Zhou vessels

Inscription of Zhou era


Jin state, Shanxi, 482 BC

Jin state, Shanxi, 482 BC

Jin state, Shanxi, 482 BC


Musical automaton table clock gifted by Macartney to Qianlong emperor (1794)

Wooden bodhisattvas Shanxi, 1000 AD

Wooden bodhisattvas Shanxi, 1000 AD

Zhenwu god of the Ming (1450)


Sandstone bodhisattva Avalokitesvara/ Guanyin (Shanxi, 577)

Sandstone bodhisattva Avalokitesvara/ Guanyin (Shanxi, 577)

Sandstone bodhisattva Avalokitesvara/ Guanyin (Shanxi, 577)


Glazed ceramic statue of a Luohan (Yixian, 1200)

Three bodhisattvas (Wutaishan, 1400s)

Guanyin (Shanxi, 1200)

Guanyin (Shanxi, 1200)


Guanyin (Shanxi, 1200)

Boat of Queen Mutemwia (New Kingdom)

Boat of Queen Mutemwia (New Kingdom)

Royal treasurer Panehsy holding a shrine of Osiris, Isis and Horus (1200 BC)


Rosetta stone

Rosetta stone

Rosetta stone

Rosetta stone


Rosetta stone

Temple of Mut (Thebes, 1200 BC)

Ram sphinx of king Taharqo (Third intermediate period)


threnepnefer holding a shrine with Heliopolis gods Ra-Horakhty, Shu and Tefnut and Theban gods Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonsu (850 BC)

Sarcophagus of Ankhnesneferibra (600-300 BC)

Sarcophagus of Ankhnesneferibra (600-300 BC)

General Wahibra holding a shrine of Osiris (600-300 BC)


Female sphinx (Roman Greece, 2nd c AD)

Female sphinx (Roman Greece, 2nd c AD)

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud


Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud


Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud


Palace of Tiglath-Pileser III at Namrud

Door sill (Assyrian 9th c BC)

Sekhmet from Thebes (1300 BC)

Sekhmet from Thebes (1300 BC)


Sobekemsaf from Thebes (1600 BC)

Statues of Senwosret III (1900 BC)

Amenhotep III (New Kingdom)

Balawat Gates of Assyria


Balawat Gates of Assyria

Balawat Gates of Assyria

Nimrud, Temple of Ishtar, Assyria 860 BC

Nimrud, Temple of Ishtar, Assyria 860 BC


Nimrud, Assyria, 9th c BC

Nimrud, Assyria, 9th c BC

Nimrud, Assyria, 9th c BC

Nimrud, Assyria, 9th c BC


Stela of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud (9th c BC)

Cycladic 2500 BC

Cycladic 1800-1500 BC

Minoan, 1300-1200 BC from Cyprus


Minoan, 1300-1200 BC from Cyprus

Mycenae, 1400-1300 BC

Mycenae, 1400-1300 BC

Mycenae, 1400-1300 BC


Elgin amphora (Athens, 760 BC)

Athens, 700 BC

Athens, 720 BC

Cosmetic box by the "Honolulu painter", 575 BC


Athens, 530 BC

Greek Campania, 575BC

Athens, 562BC

Athens, 550BC


Herakles fighting Kyknos, Athens, 530BC

Rhodes, 650BC

Rhodes, 650BC

Athens, 530BC


Athens, 520BC

Athens, 540BC

Sparta, 530BC

Athens, 500BC


Persian-style from Xanthos, 460BC

Sphinxes, 460BC

Nike pours a drink for Lykaon, Athens 440BC

Nereid monument


Nereid monument

Nereid monument

Nereid monument

Nereid monument


Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze


Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze

Parthenon's west frieze


Roman Greece, 2nd c AD

Apollo (Roman copy of the 2nd c AD)

Column drum of 200 BC from Ephesos's Temple of Artemis

From Hadrian's villa in Tivoli (125 AD)


Roman, 2nd c AD

Halikarnassos mausoleum

Halikarnassos mausoleum

Halikarnassos mausoleum


Halikarnassos mausoleum

Halikarnassos mausoleum

Halikarnassos mausoleum

Cyprus, 600 BC


Cyprus, 300 BC

Cyprus, 150 BC

Cyprus, 425BC

Etruscan, 600 BC


Etruscan, 600 BC

Etruscan, 520 BC

Etruscan, 500 BC

Etruscan, 480BC


detail - Etruscan, 480BC

Etruscan, 650BC

Sarcophagus of Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa, Etruscan, 140 BC

Cinerary urn, Etruscan, 150BC


detail - Cinerary urn, Etruscan, 150BC

African acrobat on a crocodile, Etruscan, 1st c BC or AD

Isis, Rome, 120 AD

Odysseus and the Sirens, Etruscan, 2nd c BC


Suicide of Ajax, from Etruria but made in Athens, 500 BC

Muses, from Etruria but made in Athens, 440 BC

Ambush of Troilos, from Etruria but made in Athens, 540 BC

Judgment of Paris, Athens 470BC


Athens 450BC

Isaac Habrecht's Carillon Clock (Strasbourg, 1589)

Hans Schlottheim's Automaton in the form of a ship (Augsburg, 1585)

Hans Schlottheim's Automaton in the form of a ship (Augsburg, 1585)

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