Here are a few of the best pictures from my first trip to the British Museum, almost a week ago already. How time flies when you're stuck in the archives!
Huastec goddesses, north-eastern Mexico, 900-1450 AD. I'm not overly familiar with the Huastecs, but they clearly did good work.
I don't think this was labelled. Aztec? (Update: bzzt, wrong: Mayan, from Copán.)
The rather coy Campo Iemini Venus, early 2nd century AD, Italy.
Can't remember the context for this one -- I often do take pictures of the captions (don't look at me like that, I can't be the only person who does this ...) but didn't do so this time. Obviously European and medieval. The crowns suggest a royal couple, but I wonder what's going on with the benediction, the globe and the bare feet. Maybe the male figure is Jesus? If any real historians are reading this, perhaps they could comment :)
Some of the famous Lewis chessmen. I particularly like the over-it queen in the middle.
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