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British Museum – Part 3

The Egyptian Galleries are probably the most visited of all the galleries at the British Museum. Most people seemed to be congregating either around the Rosetta Stone, or the mummies. While one can’t deny the effect the Rosetta Stone had on Egyptology, I didn’t find it very remarkable looking. I preferred to view the giant busts carved out of red granite instead.

Egyptian Galleries

Or perhaps one from basalt?

Egyptian Galleries

Once again, the details are fascinating, and amazing, considering they might have been carved as long as 3000 years ago.

Egyptian Galleries

And since the British, um, collected these pieces, perhaps 150 or so years ago, they’ve certainly taken care of it very well.

British Museum – Part 2

Aside from being huge, the British Museum had a lot of impressive exhibits. I think the Assyrian Gallery was one of them. Who doesn’t like an impressive statue or two?

Assyrian Galleries

Or three?

Assyrian Galleries

Not having studied ancient history at school, all I know about the Assyrians were that they were an ancient civilisation in what is now northern Iraq, and was mentioned in the Bible a lot.

Assyrian Galleries

But when you look closely at the wall above, see the intricate stone carving and inscribed texts, you realise that they must be a civilisation to be reckoned with.

Assyrian Galleries

Assyrian Galleries

The Ancient Greeks and Egyptians might get more attention, but in many ways, the works by the Assyrians were finer.

Assyrian Galleries

One might have reservations about all of these panels being ‘collected’ and shown so far away from home, but these works of art probably would not have survived if they had remained in Iraq, given the number of conflicts in the region over the last 100 years.