One of the most important relics of indigenous Viking culture will leave Scotland for the first time in its 1,100 year history to go on display at the British Museum this week.
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Sunday 14 March 2010
Thursday 04 March 2010
There are so many Africas, and so many arts of Africa. Picasso and Matisse thought they had hit on the essence of Africa during the first decade of the 20th century. The African masks and sculpture that influenced such works as Les Demoiselles D'Avignon (1909) seemed to be the very embodiment of a youngish Spaniard's priapic idea of the primitive: wonderfully, savagely stylised; bursting with a toe-curlingly alien erotic charge. How patronising of Picasso to think that that's what African art amounted to. Well, perhaps that's a little unfair. The point was that Picasso, ever grasping, ever restless, was seeking out new ways of representing the female body.
Wednesday 03 March 2010
Tutankhamun has always captured popular imagination, and been a major draw for museums.
Thursday 18 February 2010
A 3,000 year old Bronze Age trading vessel – the oldest shipwreck ever found in British waters – has been located off the coast of Devon in South West England.
Monday 08 February 2010
Iran has cut all its ties with the British Museum over its decision to delay the loan of a 2,500-year-old Persian treasure, the Cyrus Cylinder, in the latest sign of worsening relations between Tehran and London.
Sunday 24 January 2010
Tuesday 05 January 2010
Sunday 03 January 2010
Wednesday 30 December 2009
Friday 18 December 2009
The antiquarian market seems like a secret society, closed to anyone who isn't in the know and in possession of a limitless budget. The bookshop Jarndyce, opposite the British Museum, almost confirms this stereotype. For starters, you have to ring a bell to gain entry. Yet the shop is bustling on a weekday morning.
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Your brief obituary of Ikuo Hirayama (12 December) made no mention of his philanthropic role in the UK, writes Andrew Oddy, retired Keeper of Conservation, British Museum.
Wednesday 09 December 2009
Saturday 28 November 2009
The festive season gets underway in Gloucester with the Winter Wonderland. Expect fir trees, an ice cave, Santa's grotto, market stalls, a Spiegeltent with live music – even snow ( christmasingloucester.co.uk).
Thursday 26 November 2009
The Staffordshire Hoard, a vast haul of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver discovered by an amateur treasure hunter in July, has been valued at £3.28 million by the British Museum.
Saturday 31 October 2009
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