Early last month, the UK proposed a comprehensive ban on the sale of all ivory artefacts carved before This regulation would restrict the international ivory trade in the UK even further. The proposed ban is subject to a week public consultation until the end of
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Gina Muskett, former curator of Antiquities, here tells us about unicorn horns and the walking stick, and our ivories collection. Some British Museum ivories which offer particularly close parallels with the Liverpool pieces were placed beside one another. The exhibition was held in the King Edward VII Gallery between 18 September and 3 September extended from 5 March and an illustrated catalogue was published which cost 1s. Start date: End date: Description: A temporary exhibition which covered a survey of Byzantine art between the city's foundation in AD to its fall in
The British Museum has acquired an outstanding fourteenth-century English alabaster figure of the Virgin and Child which is the best-preserved of its kind on display in a UK national collection. The sculpture probably originates from the Midlands and provides a precious insight into carved alabaster from the period that was otherwise largely destroyed, hidden or sold abroad during the English Reformation. The fourteenth-century artists who worked alabaster of this quality attracted the attention of King Edward III, who ordered a carved alabaster altarpiece from Peter the Maceon of Nottingham in the late s.
She has survived state-sponsored destruction, revolution in Europe and the ravages of time to return now to our shores after a year absence. On Sunday an early alabaster religious statue of the Virgin and Child will take its place among the rarer medieval glories of the British Museum ; unveiled to the public as a testament to the forgotten artistry of 14th-century English sculptors. It speaks to the collection at the British Museum and also to the latest stories of religious and cultural destruction that are going on elsewhere.
The Acropolis, an outcrop overlooking Athens, was once the site of many temples and places of worship built to honor the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece figure 1. The most important temple was the Parthenon of c. Today, a visitor to the British Museum can view remnants of the Parthenon.
A medieval Virgin and Child that survived the ravages of the Reformation has returned to England for the first time in years. The alabaster statue, thought to have been made around in the Midlands, is hailed as a masterpiece and is now on display at the British Museum. If the British Museum exists for nothing else, it exists for this.
Carved and decorated wood, possibly English and first half 14th century, 42 cm high, Patches of the original polychromy and gilding remain. Mounted on a wooden stand.