Figure
Greek terracotta statuette of a woman in draped clothing on a pedestal. Traces of colour remain on the clay. Dated from about the 4th century BC. (height 190mm)
1915.114.65
Statue head
Greek terracotta female head that has broken away from a statue, dated to the Hellenistic period, 330-27 BC. It is styled like the head of a 'Tanagra' figure, so called after large numbers of these statues of young women were found in cemeteries in the Boeotian town of Tanagra. Many statues like this were found in tombs or near temples where they were placed as offerings. (height 48mm)
1915.114.76
Pottery head
Greek terracotta head of a bald man with prominent features dated to the Hellenistic period, 330-27 BC. Many statuettes like this were found in tombs or near temples where they were placed as offerings. (height 36mm)
1979.545
Urn
Roman cremation urn, made from iridescent glass, dated from the 1st - 2nd century AD. This would have been used to hold the cremated remains of a body and placed in a hole in the ground or in a tomb. (height 270mm)
1912.94.8
Lamp
Roman coarse red ware ceramic lamp in the form of a stylised shell with ribbed decoration, without a handle. Used for oil burning, lamps were a customary feature of religious festivals and games. Dated to the 1st century AD. (length 770mm)
1979.330
Lamp
Chinese Cloisonne Enamel opium lamp decorated with lotus, chrysanthemum and iris. The lamp was used to burn opium so that it vaporised. The vapour was then inhaled through a pipe. The fretwork depicts the eight emblems of the Taoist Immortals: the Lotus, Flower Basket, Bamboo Tube, Flute, Fan, Sword, Gourd and Castanets. Late 19th to early 20th century.
1979.62
Painting
Chinese scroll painting in gouache on paper, showing a woman wearing Han dress. Probably 19th century.
1955.162.287
Vase
Chinese grey stoneware with crimson copper oxide glaze, streaked with opaque sky blue. Intended to recall Song Jun ware. Dating from 1800 to 1900. (diameter 124mm, height 307mm)
1932.3
Pottery horse
Fine off-white earthenware horse, standing on plinth, with bridle, saddle and saddle cloth. Remains of opaque white glaze on body. From a tomb, Gongxian, Henan province, China, dating from 700 to 750. (482 x 460mm)
1941.185
Powder pot
A glazed Chinese soft paste porcelain pounce pot used to hold the fine powder which was sprinkled over freshly written paper to prevent blotting. From the period of the Ch'ing Dynasty, late 17th to early 18th century.
1955.162.7
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