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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 54

Today for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula, we arrive at Room 54 of the British Museum, featuring works of Anatolia & Urartu

Anatolia and Urartu served as crucial links between the European and Asian continents. This gallery underscores the culture and way of life that existed in these regions in ancient times. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Ivory figure of a Griffin-headed Demon, 8th-7th century BC, by Unknown
2. Clay figurine, 3000-2000BC, by Unknown
3. Copper figurine, 600BC, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The British Museum houses approximately 8 million objects belonging to different regions and cultures around the world. It is said to have been the first public national museum in the world.
  • The Museum was established in 1753 by an Act of Parliament, and opened to the public around 6 years later.
  • Entry into the British Museum was always intended to be free. It has long been a space for scholars, academics, tourists and those curious to learn about the history of the world.
  • The gallery dedicated to Anatolia and Urartu features craft objects and works of art from the region. These regions lie around present-day Turkey, Armenia and Iran.
  • The collection showcases not only the systemic and cultural beliefs of the ancient peoples from these regions. It also highlights their business and trade practices.

A Final Thought :

The British Museum annually welcomes about 6 million visitors. These consist of people from the country as well as international travellers, tourists and researchers. With a plethora of information, books and a collection unlike any other in the world, this Museum is truly a gem.

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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