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London: British Museum part 3

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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:
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Part of the China exhibit:
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Such pretty tea cups~
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Old books in the (relatively) small Japanese exhibit:
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Mummiesssss. The mummies exhibit must be the next most popular thing after the Rosetta Stone because it was soooooooooo crowded. Made photography so difficult. :/
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Part of the burial assemblage of the lady Henutmeyht (if I photographed the correct label…):
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Mummified cats…?
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More mummies!
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The Enlightenment gallery was kinda cool. Made me think of a huge old library of sorts.
(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 )
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A bust of Zeus… but the hair rather calls Medusa to mind rather than Zeus.
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Renaissance engraved gems:
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Clytie:
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Minerva:
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And here is a copy of the Rosetta Stone – not surrounded by crowds.
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The sign below it said:
This is a modern copy displayed as it was when it first came to the British Museum.
PLEASE TOUCH.

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:
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There be fossils here too!
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(It’s a mastodon jaw, I think.)

The Trentham Laver, supposedly from the villa of Roman Emperor Hadrian at Tivoli.
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An orrery from 1750. (Orrerries are mechanical models of the solar system.)
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Ganymede with the eagle of Zeus:
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And laaaastly, from the World of Alexander exhibit, here’s a statue of Alexander the Great:
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Finally done with the British Museum!

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