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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 24

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 24 – Living and Dying, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery focuses on various human and cultural approaches to life and death. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Sock/Costume by Unknown
2. Coffin in the Shape of an Eagle, 2000, by Unknown
3. Mask, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • People around the world have distinct views on life and death. These perspectives subsequently inform their ways of life, rituals and ways of dealing with death. Room 24 at the British Museum explores these concepts on a cross-cultural platform.
  • Many of the objects in this gallery have mystical, ritualistic or spiritual significance to the cultures they belong. For instance, the famous Hoa Hakananai’a is housed here. This is a sculptural figure originally belonged to Easter Island and is believed to possess mystical healing powers.
  • The gallery also briefly traces the significance and use visit  of medicine as a means to delay death.
  • This room is supported by the Wellcome Trust, and is also known as the Wellcome Trust Gallery. Wellcome is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to research in health. It is based out of London, and was established in 1936.

A Final Thought :

Every culture has a very strong set of beliefs when it comes to human life and death. This gallery is especially interesting as it allows for the intermingling of diverse ideas, in a purely academic exploration of these vast concepts.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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