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Porcelain model of a pagoda, c. 1765-1775, China. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Porcelain model of a pagoda, c. 1765-1775, China. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

— 22 hours ago with 8 notes
  • #pagoda 
  • #China 
  • #ceramics 
  • #history 
  • The Messing Hoard. Pot containing 48 silver coins hidden at Messing c. 1642, at the start of the Civil War. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    The Messing Hoard. Pot containing 48 silver coins hidden at Messing c. 1642, at the start of the Civil War. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 1 day ago
  • #coins 
  • #Messing Hoard 
  • #English Civil War 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #England 
  • Chola style representation of Somaskanda, bronze, 12th century, India. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    Chola style representation of Somaskanda, bronze, 12th century, India. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    — 2 days ago with 5 notes
  • #Shiva 
  • #Uma 
  • #Skanda 
  • #Somaskanda 
  • #Chola style 
  • #India 
  • #metalwork 
  • #Hinduism 
  • #Rijksmuseum 
  • #sculptures 
  • Mortar for the preparation of medicine, cast by Richard Bowler of Colchester, c. 1600. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    Mortar for the preparation of medicine, cast by Richard Bowler of Colchester, c. 1600. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 3 days ago with 1 note
  • #mortar 
  • #metalwork 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #England 
  • Kris of King William I, 1835, Madura, Indonesia. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.Presented to King William I by Cakra Adinigrat VIII, the Sultan of Madura, as a thank you for the sultan’s appointment as a Commander in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

    Kris of King William I, 1835, Madura, Indonesia. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    Presented to King William I by Cakra Adinigrat VIII, the Sultan of Madura, as a thank you for the sultan’s appointment as a Commander in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

    — 4 days ago with 29 notes
  • #kris 
  • #keris 
  • #Indonesia 
  • #King William I 
  • #The Netherlands 
  • #Rijksmuseum 
  • English serving man’s coat, 1650-1680, and its modern reproduction. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 5 days ago with 3 notes
  • #serving man's coat 
  • #textiles 
  • #military 
  • #England 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #history 
  • Medieval stamp seal and seal impressions at Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

Colchester Borough seal and impression, c. 1413.Seal impression of St Helen’s Guild, 1390-1450.

    Medieval stamp seal and seal impressions at Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    Colchester Borough seal and impression, c. 1413.

    Seal impression of St Helen’s Guild, 1390-1450.

    — 6 days ago with 4 notes
  • #stamp seals 
  • #Middle Ages 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #England 
  • #metalwork 
  • An Apsara, spirit of the clouds and waters in Hinduism and Buddhism, with meticulously carved jewellery - a style typical of the period of the reign of the Hoysala dynasty (11th-14th century), slate, 12th century, India. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    AnĀ Apsara, spirit of the clouds and waters in Hinduism and Buddhism, with meticulously carved jewellery - a style typical of the period of the reign of the Hoysala dynasty (11th-14th century), slate, 12th century, India. At the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

    — 1 week ago with 6 notes
  • #apsara 
  • #Hinduism 
  • #Buddhism 
  • #India 
  • #sculptures 
  • #archaeology 
  • Colchester and London mint Norman pennies at Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    Colchester and London mint Norman pennies at Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
  • #coins 
  • #Normans 
  • #Middle Ages 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #England 
  • Detail of a Roman figure of Victory in bronze, from the collection of Henry Vint (1778-1852). At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    Detail of a Roman figure of Victory in bronze, from the collection of Henry Vint (1778-1852). At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 1 week ago with 4 notes
  • #Victory 
  • #Romans 
  • #sculptures 
  • #metalwork 
  • #Colchester Castle 
  • #archaeology 
  • Norman seal of the port of Colchester. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    Norman seal of the port of Colchester. At Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester.

    — 1 week ago with 2 notes
  • #seals 
  • #Normans 
  • #Colchester 
  • #England 
  • #Middle Ages 
  • #archaeology 
  • Masked costume for the Tsam dance, textile and papier-mache, 20th century, Mongolia. At the Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp.

    Masked costume for the Tsam dance, textile and papier-mache, 20th century, Mongolia. At the Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerp.

    — 1 week ago with 1 note
  • #Tsam dance 
  • #textiles 
  • #Mongolia 
  • #Buddhism 
  • #MAS