London: British Museum part 3

Last spurt for the British Museum!

By the time I finished with the main Egyptian, Assyrian and Grecian exhibits on the ground floor, I had less than an hour left and so pretty much flew through some other sections like the Egyptian mummies and the Chinese and Japanese exhibits. There was a Southeast Asia exhibit next to the Chinese one but I gave it one glance and automatically decided to ignore it since I was so short of time. Looked like there was a lot of Hindu statues and stuff that I didn’t fancy looking at anyway.
The Enlightenment section I visited on another day (I think it was after we went to Kensington Palace), along with two of the Greek displays that had been closed the previous time I went (the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos and the World of Alexander). But still, overall, these were more of “see-as-much-as-I-can-and-never-mind-the-info-already” which was kinda sad, since I really would’ve liked to know more about what I was looking at.

An Easter Island statue:

Part of the China exhibit:

Such pretty tea cups~

Old books in the (relatively) small Japanese exhibit:

Mummiesssss. The mummies exhibit must be the next most popular thing after the Rosetta Stone because it was soooooooooo crowded. Made photography so difficult. :/

Part of the burial assemblage of the lady Henutmeyht (if I photographed the correct label…):

Mummified cats…?

More mummies!

The Enlightenment gallery was kinda cool. Made me think of a huge old library.
(I don’t really know why, but I kept thinking “18th century” and I almost typed “18th century library” just now but then stopped myself because I realised I didn’t really know the time period of the Enlightenment. Wiki tells me that a general estimate for the start of the Enlightenment is usually late seventeenth century to early eighteenth century, so hey, I was actually not too far off. XD )

A bust of Zeus… but the hair rather calls Medusa to mind rather than Zeus.

Renaissance engraved gems:



And here is a copy of the Rosetta Stone – not surrounded by crowds.

The sign below it said:
This is a modern copy displayed as it was when it first came to the British Museum.

See, they actually tell you when you can touch a display. So all those irritating itchy-fingered Asian tourists who went around touching the Egyptian statues…….. grr.

Some Chinese stuff in the Enlightenment gallery:

There be fossils here too!

(It’s a mastodon jaw, I think.)

The Trentham Laver, supposedly from the villa of Roman Emperor Hadrian at Tivoli.

An orrery from 1750. (Orrerries are mechanical models of the solar system.)

Ganymede with the eagle of Zeus:

And laaaastly, from the World of Alexander exhibit, here’s a statue of Alexander the Great:

Finally done with the British Museum!

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