September 01, 2013 | | Comments 0

London Day 8: British Museum – Part 2

Continuing the department of Greece and Rome; a huge room is dedicated to the Parthenon sculptures.

The Parthenon Sculptures were brought to England by Lord Elgin from the Parthenon in Athens. The British government purchased the reliefs from Lord Elgin in 1816. The sculptures also known as Ëlgin Marbles” have been on permanent display in the British Museum since 1817.

Horsemen from the west frieze of the Parthenon.

Wall lined with Parthenon Frieze.

Partially survived sculptures.

View of the hall of Parthenon Frieze.

More partially survived sculptures.

In another department; we found this oldest object in the British Museum. It’s an Olduvai stone chopping tool; from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, 1.8 to 2 million years old.

The above is the Enlightenment Gallery. This is where British Museum begins. The gallery is lined with shelves with objects and a library is found on the upper level.

Another Venus statue in the Enlightenment Gallery.

A replica of the Rosetta Stone in the Enlightenment Gallery.

An eskimo parkas, made with seal intestines in the Wellcome Trust Gallery.

An intricate Chinese headdress for the noble.

There is so much to see here and yet so little time and energy.

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