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42 Historical Objects, No. 27: The Landsdowne Portrait.

This portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1796, has an illustrious history. When I went to do this article I thought it would be pretty straightforward; I … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 26: Ludwick’s Revolutionary War-era bakery molds.

I love it when I can do entries in this series about everyday objects that have become historical by virtue of simply having survived. You wouldn’t expect to see cookie … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 25: Japanese townsman statue.

  Not much is known about this statue of a retired townsman, which was created in Japan sometime during the late 17th or early 18th century. It’s about 17 inches … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 24: William Strachey’s ring.

This very simple ring is not much to look at, but it has an illustrious history. It belonged to a man named William Strachey, who was born in Essex, England … Continue reading

April 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 23: the death mask of Oliver Cromwell.

This haunting face, cast in wax, is the visage of one of the greatest and most controversial men in British history. Oliver Cromwell, one of the major figures in the … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 6 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 22: the Bamberg Bible.

In the mid-15th century, one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of human communication occurred in central Europe, in what’s now Germany. Johannes Gutenberg developed the printing press that … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 21: the Benin Bronzes.

The Benin Bronzes are not one object, but many. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Benin Empire, a powerful kingdom of the Edo tribe, held sway over a portion … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 20: The Aztec Sun Stone.

Most people who have seen an image of the object pictured above think of it as the “Aztec calendar stone.” In fact it’s probably not a calendar, and is more … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 19: “Christ the Redeemer” by Andrei Rublev.

This magnificent Russian Orthodox icon depicting Christ as “the Redeemer” is one of the great European works of art of the 15th century. It was painted probably in the 1420s … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 18: The Erfurt Treasure.

This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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