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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 34

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 34 – Islamic World for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The British Museum is located in Bloomsbury, at the heart of London, England. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Tombstone, circa 15th century, by Unknown
2. Pilgrim Bottle, circa 1250-1260, by Unknown
3. Water Container, 1950-1960, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

– The British Museum collection is made up of artefacts that were taken, looted and stolen from the Empire’s colonies many centuries ago.
– This has given rise to many modern-day legal and ethical controversies.
– Many of the Museum’s artefacts are disputed items. Claims have been placed on them by the countries that they had originally been taken from. Some of the most controversial pieces in the collection are :
– The Elgin Marbles that were taken from Athens.
– Hoa hakananai’a, a sculptural figure demanded to be returned by Chile.
– The Rosetta Stone taken from Egypt
– Mortal remains of various ancient ancestors, especially mummies from Egypt.
– The Benin Brozes that were taken from Nigeria.

A Final Thought :

So far, there is no system in place of the restitution of objects in the British Museum’s collection. Not even the one’s that were taken by force from unwilling nations and people. While its fascinating to visit the Museum and be surrounded by some of the most beautiful art in the world, one cannot help but think back to the history of these objects. Their real homes, and the plight of the people they were taken from.

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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