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The figurine to the left shows Leda and her encounter with the swan - the woman to the right is a courtesan. The figurines comes from Boeotia and dates to 350-290 B.C.

British museum was founded in 1753, much due to the will of Sir Hans Sloane, who in his lifetime had made an extensive collection of curiosities - as was a habit of the 18th century if you were a well-educated man. This first part of the museum consisted of some 71 000 objects - being everything from natural specimens, prints by Albrecht Dürer and objects from long lost civilisations.

At first the museum was situated at Montague House, but it soon became too crowded there with a whole series of further donations, including the Rosetta Stone and other artifacts from ancient times. In the 19th century the museum was much expanded to house all these objects and to be able to show them to the public. In 1895 the museum bought the 69 houses surrounding the museum, demolished them and expanded the museum.

The natural history collection does not live in the museum now, and the books and manuscript are now held by the British Library - the main focus of the museum now being on cultural history, historical and more modern. It has now a collection of several million objects, covering 54,600 m2 and separated into 94 galleries.

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From Reims and dated to 1160-1180.

At the museum in the old Benedictine monastery, connected with the abbey of Saint-Remi, which is now a museum.

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There are more than a hundred years between these two women, but a lady in black is always the right thing to be. From the room of French Impressionism at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.

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Roman sarcophagus made for the general Flavius Jovinus - dating to the 4th century A.D.

At the museum in the old Benedictine monastery, connected with the abbey of Saint-Remi, which is now a museum.

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Painted wooden sculpture from the 9th century, in the Heian period, of Bishamonten - the Japanese version of Vaiśravaṇa, one of the four heavenly kings in Buddhism (Shitennō - 四天王). In Japan he is viewed as the leader of the heavenly kings, a warrior god dressed in armour - in folklore he is viewed as one of the seven gods of fortune (Shichi Fukujin - 七福神). He is usually depicted wit a pagoda in one hand (you can see it in the left, raised, one) and a spear. There is no spear here, but I think that would explain the strange angle of the right hand and that the spear has been lost.

(Detail shot: www.flickr.com/photos/dameboudicca/16873241631/ )

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