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Masterpieces of the British Museum

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A beautiful coffee table book showcasing 250 masterpieces from the British Museum's celebrated collection.

The British Museum's collection is one of the world's finest and broadest, ranging from prehistoric times to the present in ancient and modern cultures around the globe. This collection book showcases a selection of about 250 of the most beautiful and important objects drawn from across its collections. These include the Warren Cup, Dürer's Rhinoceros, the Lewis Chessmen and the Aztec turquoise serpent as well as recent acquisitions and new discoveries, such as Picasso's Vollard Suite.

The book is organised in cross-cultural themes such as Dress, Rulers, Violence and War, Mythical Beasts, Death, Eating and Drinking and The Human Form. Each theme starts with a two page introduction highlighting the cultural significance of that theme together with the similarities and differences among cultures. After that, objects are presented on individual pages with a description, details of its provenance, and size.

This handsome book is recommended as a gift and as a souvenir. 

  • Author: J.D Hill and Neil MacGregor
  • Paperback: 304 pages | 250 colour illustrations
  • Date published: November 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714151052
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 21 x 2.5 cm

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