23 juin 2011

'Treasures of Heaven saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe' @ British Museum

Holy thorn reliquary, Paris, France. About 130 - 97. Gold, enamel, rock crystal, pearls, rubies, sapphires. © The Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- This major exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age. It features over 150 objects drawn from more than 40 institutions including the Vatican, European church treasuries, museums from the USA and Europe and the British Museum’s own pre-eminent collection. Where heaven and earth meet It was during the medieval period... [Lire la suite]
30 mai 2011

Important vase meiping. Marque Da Ming Wanli nian zhi. Époque Wanli.

Important vase meiping.  Marque Da Ming Wanli nian zhi. Époque Wanli. Photo Mathias - Baron Ribeyre & Associés, Farrando Lemoine SVV en porcelaine blanche décoré, en bleu sous couverte, d'un dragon à quatre griffes s'enroulant autour de la panse entre deux frises de pétales de lotus stylisées. La base non émaillée. Marque Da Ming Wanli nian zhi au-dessus de la tête du dragon.À la base, monture en bronze doré française d'époque postérieure. Haut. du vase : env. 51 cm. Haut. totale : 55,5 cm - Estimation :... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2011

"Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World" @ British Museum

A 1st century AD Roman Egyptian enameled glass goblet discovered in Begram, Afghanistan, is seen on display in an exhibition entitled 'Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World', at the British Museum in London, Tuesday, March 1, 2011. The exhibition is showcasing over 200 objects belonging to the National Museum of Afghanistan which is currently undergoing reconstruction and accompanied by selected items from the British Museum. AP Photo/Sang Tan.   LONDON (AP).-The British Museum's latest exhibition displays ancient... [Lire la suite]
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11 septembre 2010

Chinese Ming banknote, China, AD 1375

Chinese Ming banknote, China, AD 1375 © Trustees of the British Museum After seizing power from the Mongol rulers of China in 1368, the rulers of the Ming dynasty tried to reinstate bronze coins. However, there was not enough metal available for this, and paper money, made of mulberry bark, was produced. These banknotes continued to be issued by the Board of Revenue throughout the Ming dynasty, but inflation quickly eroded their value. The effect of inflation was so devastating that state-issued banknotes were regarded with... [Lire la suite]
14 février 2010

Japanese Tigers in British Museum

Porcelain plate with design of tiger. From Arita, Japan, Edo period, AD 1650-1670s. Gift of Mr. Akihiko Shibata. Asia JA 1997.1-21.13. British Museum, London The tiger and bamboo are often depicted together in Japanese art, symbolizing complementary aspects of strength. The tiger has aggressive strength, while the gentle bamboo will bend but not break. This beast with its wide eyes and long vigorously waving tail has a somewhat playful air. Maruyama Okyo, Tigers Crossing a River, a six-panel folding screen.... [Lire la suite]
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09 février 2010

Le chef de l’Organisation iranienne du patrimoine culturel et du tourisme, Hamid Baghaei, a annoncé que cette dernière « a coupé

Le Cylindre de Cyrus : il décrète les thèmes de la règle persane : tolérance religieuse, abolition de l'esclavage, liberté du choix de profession et expansion de l'empire - British Museum - © Trustees du British Museum TEHERAN (IRAN) [09.02.10] – Pour protester contre de multiples reports de prêt d’un trésor de la Perse antique, le Musée national de Téhéran a déclaré, dimanche 7 février, la rupture de ses liens avec le musée britannique. Le chef de l’Organisation iranienne du patrimoine culturel et du tourisme, Hamid... [Lire la suite]
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22 janvier 2010

'Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa' @ the British Museum

Obalufon mask. Ife, Nigeria. Early 14th century. © Karin L. Wills/Museum for African Art/National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Nigeria. LONDON.- This spring, two major exhibitions at the British Museum will explore two important artistic traditions which flourished at the same time in different part of the worlds. Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa (4th March - 6th June 2010) will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife through some of the most refined and beautiful sculptures ever to be found in Africa,... [Lire la suite]
21 janvier 2010

'Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings' @ The British Museum

Anon Lombard, "Two Cheetahs", 1400-10. Bodycolour and watercolour on vellum. A fine example of a model book drawing from north Italy. ©The Trustees of the British Museum LONDON.- This spring, two major exhibitions at the British Museum will explore two important artistic traditions which flourished at the same time in different part of the worlds. Kingdom of Ife: Sculptures from West Africa (4th March - 6th June 2010) will tell the story of the legendary city of Ife through some of the most refined and beautiful... [Lire la suite]
19 janvier 2010

Iran May Cut British Museum Ties in Row Over Ancient Persian Treasure

The Museum said in September that plans to hand over the 2,500-year-old clay cylinder had been delayed due to unspecified "practicalities." TEHRAN.- Iran will cut its links with the British Museum and ask bodies such as UNESCO to reconsider their own ties if the museum does not keep a promise to lend Iran an ancient Persian treasure, Iranian media reported on Sunday. Iran's Cultural Heritage Organization said in October it had set a two-month deadline for the British Museum to allow the public display in Iran of the... [Lire la suite]
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13 décembre 2009

Le Caire demande la restitution de la pierre de Rosette

La Pierre de Rosette © British Museum LONDRES (ROYAUME-UNI) [11.12.09] – Zahi Hawass, le très médiatique chef des antiquités égyptiennes, a réclamé à la radio britannique, le retour de la pierre de Rosette en Egypte. La déclaration, le 8 décembre, fait suite au refus du British Museum de prêter la pièce au musée du Caire. Faute de l’avoir en prêt, l’Egypte réclame maintenant le retour définitif de la pierre de Rosette au Caire. Zahi Hawass, le chef du Conseil suprême des antiquités égyptiennes, a fait cette déclaration... [Lire la suite]
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