Streams

Pieces of Eight

Monday, April 30, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses objects from around the world to chart Europe's expanding maritime trade and empires that created the first global economy between 1450 and 1600.

Read more about the Pieces of Eight.

Kakiemon Elephants

Friday, April 27, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses objects from around the world to chart Europe's expanding maritime trade and empires that created the first global economy between 1450 and 1600.

Read more about the Kakiemon Elephants.

Double-headed Serpent

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses objects from around the world to chart Europe's expanding maritime trade and empires that created the first global economy between 1450 and 1600.

Read more about the Double-headed Serpent.

Benin Plaque: The Oba with Europeans

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses objects from around the world to chart Europe's expanding maritime trade and empires that created the first global economy between 1450 and 1600.

Read more about the Benin Plaque: The Oba with Europeans.

The Mechanical Galleon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses objects from around the world to chart Europe's expanding maritime trade and empires that created the first global economy between 1450 and 1600.

Read more about the The Mechanical Galleon.

Durer's 'Rhinoceros'

Monday, April 23, 2012

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East.

Read more about the Durer's 'Rhinoceros.'

Jade Dragon Cup

Friday, April 20, 2012

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East.

Read more about the Jade Dragon Cup.

Inca Gold Llama

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East.

Read more about the Inca Gold Llama.

Ming Banknote

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East.

Read more about the Ming Banknote.

Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This week Neil MacGregor is exploring the great empires of the world around 1500 - from the Inca in South America to the Ming in China and the Timurids in the Middle East.

Read more about the Tughra of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue

Monday, April 16, 2012

From Mexico to Easter Island, the followers of many world religions used objects to become closer to their gods. Neil MacGregor finds five such devotional items.

Read more about the Hoa Hakananai'a Easter Island Statue.

Sculpture of Huastec Goddess

Friday, April 13, 2012

From Mexico to Easter Island, the followers of many world religions used objects to become closer to their gods. Neil MacGregor finds five such devotional items.

Read more about the Sculpture of Huastec Goddess.

Shiva and Parvati Sculpture

Thursday, April 12, 2012

From Mexico to Easter Island, the followers of many world religions used objects to become closer to their gods. Neil MacGregor finds five such devotional items.

Read more about the Shiva and Parvati Sculpture.

Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

From Mexico to Easter Island, the followers of many world religions used objects to become closer to their gods. Neil MacGregor finds five such devotional items.

Read more about the Icon of the Triumph of Orthodoxy.

Holy Thorn Reliquary

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

From Mexico to Easter Island, the followers of many world religions used objects to become closer to their gods. Neil MacGregor finds five such devotional items.

Read more about the Holy Thorn Reliquary.

Taino Ritual Seat

Monday, April 09, 2012

Neil MacGregor explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status.

Read more about the Taino Ritual Seat.

The David Vases

Friday, April 06, 2012

Neil MacGregor explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status.

Read more about the The David Vases.

Ife Head

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Neil MacGregor explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status.

Read more about the Ife Head.

Hebrew Astrolabe

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Neil MacGregor explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status.

Read more about the Hebrew Astrolabe.

Lewis Chessmen

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Neil MacGregor explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status.

Read more about the Lewis Chessmen.

See them in person—the Lewis Chessmen are on view at the Cloisters through April 22!

Kilwa Pot Sherds

Monday, April 02, 2012

Neil MacGregor uses five objects from the British Museum's collection that show how, even 1,000 years ago, trade, war and religion moved objects freely around the globe.

Read more about the Kilwa Pot Sherds.