A Day at the British Museum

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One of the places that I really had a great interest in seeing while I was in London was the British Museum. The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, was established in 1753 and opened to the public in January 1759. At persent, the museum contains some 8 million pieces in its permanent collection. The size of the collection is largely a result of the expanding British colony throughout the world.

Among the vast collection, which contains numerous pieces that date back to Ancient Greece, Rome, & Egypt, are pieces which are objects of great controversy. These include the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon (Greece), the Rosetta Stone (Egypt) and the only Moai statue outside of Easter Island.

Below are a few of the photos I took during my visit in April 2014.


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Colossal statue of Amenhotep III

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partial statue of King Amenhotep III, 1370 BC.

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The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is a granite stele that was inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. It is issued in 3 scripts: the upper text is in Ancient Egyptian heiroglyphs, the middle portion is a Demotic script and the lower portion in Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences among them), it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian heiroglyphs.

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Detail of the Rosetta Stone

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Room 12 – A gold earring from the Aegina Treasure, Greece, 1700-1500 BC

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Room 12 – 'Master of Animals' chest ornament from the Aegina Treasure, Greece, 1700-1500 BC

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Marble portrait bust of Perikles

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Room 17: Reconstruction of the Nereid Monument, c. 390 BC

Source: Wikipedia: The Nereid Monument is a sculptured tomb from Xanthos in classical period Lycia (near Kinik in Izmir Province, Turkey). It took the form of a Greek temple on top of a base decorated with sculpted friezes, and is thought to have been built in the early fourth century BCE as a tomb for Arbinas, the Xanthian dynast who ruled western Lycia.

The tomb is thought to have stood until the Byzantine era before falling into ruin. The ruins were rediscovered by British traveller Charles Fellows in the early 1840s. Fellows had them shipped to the British Museum; there, some of them have been reconstructed to show what the East façade of the monument would have looked like.

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Female Figures from the East Pediment of the Parthenon in Athens, part of the Elgin Marbles

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Statuary from the East Pediment of the Parthenon in Athens, part of the Elgin Marbles

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The sculpture of Greek river god Ilissos, part of the Elgin Marbles

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Statue of a youthful Dionysus

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Lely's Venus

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Bust of Alexander the Great



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