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42 Historical Objects, No. 30: suit of Japanese samurai armor.

  This suit of armor is cobbled together, composed of various pieces created in different eras, but it’s pretty representative of the peak of armor-making in the Tokugawa period of … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 28: the chronometer from the HMS Beagle.

This object is obviously famous because of its association with Charles Darwin, the scientist who developed the theory of evolution and who first got the idea while on the 1831 … Continue reading

April 26, 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. 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. 11: the Sutton Hoo burial helmet.

The “face” of this magnificent helmet is one of the most instantly recognizable faces in medieval history and particularly British history. This is a ceremonial helmet that was found in … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 8: Roman child’s rag doll.

Although it most likely didn’t belong to an emperor or some pivotal figure, in many ways this simple rag doll is every bit as amazing as the sword of Tiberius … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 7: the Sword of Tiberius.

This Roman sword, 22 inches long, made of iron and with a bronze scabbard, has carvings along the scabbard that depict the Roman general Tiberius–later Emperor–presenting a trophy of victory … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment
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