Here are a few more of my favourite objects in the wonderful British Museum.
There is no story here, just images that excite me, selected more or less at random. – Or if there is a kind of general story, it is just about what various creative people have done using stone, metal, wood or clay.
The great treasure-house that is the British Museum
Weighty majesty – from Greece
Flowing movement in stone – also from Greece
Chinese jade ritual blade – just a polished bit of stone?
Fish-shaped ritual headdress, with beautiful shadows – Africa galleries
Shiny piece of abstract metalwork – (European) bronze age gold brooch
More bronze-age metal – corroded Chinese bronze vessel
Metal blade in the form of a bird – Africa galleries
Practical metalworking – Chinese finger-nail protectors
Exquisite modelling on a Chinese phoenix-headed ewer – White porcelain (9th to 11th centuries)
Shang dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC) – bronze ritual vessel
As always, photographs are a poor substitute for seeing the real thing – Visit a museum again soon!