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The south-western part of the Arabian Peninsula (modern Yemen) has been a centre of culture for thousands of years, and this week we’re highlighting its fragile heritage as part of a UNESCO campaign http://ow.ly/4mZGG4

We’ll be sharing objects from the collection that show the range and significance of this distinctive culture. We get a glimpse of the people of ancient Yemen in unique personal sculptures like these. Although each is recognisably from this region, the variations in detail, style of dress and facial appearance suggest that there was great effort to represent real individuals http://ow.ly/4n4oxz
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At less than 1cm across, this tiny gold amulet from ancient Egypt will be the smallest object in our #SunkenCities‬ exhibition!

It represents the eye of Horus, known to Egyptologists as the wedjat eye. The wedjat eye is half human (the eye and brow), and half falcon (the vertical and spiral elements underneath). This is because it is closely associated with the god Horus, who could be shown as a falcon or falcon-headed man. Amulets in the shape of the eye were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousands of years, from the Old Kingdom to Roman times. http://ow.ly/4mYz50

From intricate gold jewellery to magnificent colossal statues, discover more incredible objects in this blockbuster exhibition http://ow.ly/4mW3ha
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In September 2016 the Bank of England will introduce the first £5 notes made of plastic. BBC News visited our Citi Money Gallery to discover five key objects that help tell the history of money.

Watch the video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36056401
Ahead of the introduction of plastic £5 notes later this year, BBC News looks at objects used to represent money at the British Museum.
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Born #onthisday‬ in 1840: Odilon Redon, hailed as a master of Symbolist art. This is one of his most famous coloured pastels, and was first shown in the gallery of Durand-Ruel – the favoured dealer of the Impressionists – in 1894. This study of a female profile, called ‘La Cellule d'Or’ (The Golden Cell), suggests introspection and intense feeling. The oil paint over a white ground gives the colour a luminous quality http://ow.ly/10z3gs
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Happy 135th birthday to our friends +Natural History Museum! Until the 1880s we were one museum. These images show some of the natural history collections before they moved to their new home in South Kensington http://ow.ly/10FFjZ
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‘Greek temples and cyclops skeletons made Sicily an early tourist destination, but few people know about its glory days under Norman occupation’.
Travel back in time to the Mediterranean with +The Guardian and discover Sicily’s remarkable history ahead of our #SicilyExhibition‬, opening a week today! http://ow.ly/10wjZN
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We are working with UNESCO and nine other museums across the world to raise awareness of the damage to cultural heritage in Yemen during recent conflict. This week we will shine a spotlight on the current destruction and encourage people to explore and understand the region's rich legacy. In this video Curator St John Simpson explains why Yemeni culture is so important http://ow.ly/4n4htg
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Our #SicilyExhibition‬ is now open! With over 200 objects, this exhibition is the first in the UK to explore over 4,000 years of Sicily’s history. The show tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.
Discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples produced some of the most beautiful art and objects in the history of the Mediterranean. Book now: http://ow.ly/10zcAx

Become a Member now and receive unlimited free entry to both #SicilyExhibition and #SunkenCities‬. Find out more http://ow.ly/10zckh

Mosaic of the Madonna from Palermo Cathedral. Sicily, AD 1130–1189. © Museo Diocesano di Palermo.
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'Gods, monsters and multiculturalism' – read +The Guardian’s ★★★★ review of our #SicilyExhibition, opening this Thursday! http://ow.ly/4mQWi5
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Our #SicilyExhibition‬ opens this week! Discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples produced some of the most beautiful and important art and objects in the history of the Mediterranean. Book now: http://ow.ly/10zbUo
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Leonardo da Vinci was born #onthisday‬ in 1452. As an artist he was technically superb in every medium he used – silverpoint, pen and ink, black and particularly red chalks. Driven by his scientific curiosity, he studied the world around him in minute detail, making botanical and anatomical studies.

This work of a bust of a warrior is drawn in silverpoint, a popular medium with early Renaissance artists. The detail is extraordinary – the armour, the curls in his hair and the splendid elaborate helmet as well as the incredible modelling of the man's face and the lion on his breastplate. Metalpoint lines cannot be easily erased and requires artists to carefully plan the design or run the risk of having to start all over again. Endless patience must have been required of the young Leonardo to produce the very fine shadows of the man's face, each a separate line http://ow.ly/10ok3O
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Artist Sir Thomas Lawrence was born #onthisday in 1769. Lawrence was a self-taught child prodigy: he was working as a professional portraitist by the age of 10. He became official artist to George III in 1792 on the death of Sir Joshua Reynolds and in 1820 he was made President of the Royal Academy. Portrait drawings were an extremely popular genre of art at this time and were powerful indicators of taste and status. Here are some of Lawrence’s beautiful portraits drawn in pencil and chalk http://ow.ly/10obYn
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Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
 
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