Visiting the British Museum? Make sure to see these works.
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These enigmatic, rectilinear tubes reveal clarity of thought and took great effort to produce. What can they mean?
This mask depicts the king’s mother, whose ruthless political prowess ensured that her son became king.
These flags were made for military companies affiliated with the British along the coast of present-day Ghana.
Fire, clothing, or the wheel: was this humble hand axe the earliest human technology?
Is the plaster face on this skull modeled after a real person? Is it one of the world’s oldest portraits?
The cave lion was the fiercest animal of the ice age, and this mammoth ivory carving combines human with lion.
Ancient Greeks made them, Ottomans captured them, Venetians blew them up, and the British took them away.
What do we gain when works come from a well-documented excavation?
What was the first bill of human rights? This seal encouraged freedom of worship throughout the Persian Empire.
This cloth—first woven by a wise spider—sends social messages through a system of specific patterns.
Excavated in 1939, this 7th-century grave once held a hoard of metalwork, all buried within a 27-meter long ship!
Rendered in gold and garnet, the enigmatic animals on this purse lid stand out above white bone.