1. The Unicorn’s Horn

Northern Europe, AD 1427–1618  Size: 2 m, 7 cm long Download PDF Before the mid-16th century, everyone knew that horns such […]

4. A Metal Unicorn’s Head

Indus Valley, second half 3rd millennium BC Size: 4.5 cm long Download PDF The model for this unicorn is a type […]

7. Chinese Silver Unicorn (Kylin)

Probably Song dynasty, 11th–12th century AD Size: 7 × 6.5 cm Download PDF While European unicorns had horses’ bodies and Middle […]

8. Jean Duvet

(1485–1570) The Unicorn Purifies the Water with his Horn Plate: 22.6 × 40.2 cm Sheet: 23.5 × 40.9 cm Download […]

9. Hans Baldung Grien

Sleeping Groom and Sorceress Woodcut, 1544, Size: 34 × 20.1 cm With thread margins as trimmed on the black border […]

11. The Tusk of a Hippopotamus

Not illustrated Africa, 19th century Size: 40 cm across Old collection label: ‘Hippo’s Teeth’ Download PDF This tusk has nothing […]

13. Elephant in Stone

Mesopotamia, late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period, 3,400–3000 BC Size: 15 cm high, 20 cm long Veined limestone Download PDF The rear of […]

14. Zhulong

Hongshan culture, North-East China, 3,500–3000 BC Size: 19.5 cm high Limestone Download PDF Zhulong means ‘pig-dragon’. It is a mysterious emblem […]

17. Michael Cooper

Unicorn  2016 Size: 35 cm high; 58 cm long, White onyx Download PDF For the exhibition in 2015, Michael sculpted […]

23. Terracotta Male Figurine

Mehrgarh, c. 3000–2500 BC  Size: 10.5 cm high Download PDF The great majority of the figurines from Mehrgarh are female, […]

24. A Mother-Goddess Riding Out

Indus Valley, 3rd millennium BC  Size: 15 cm high Bronze, lost-wax casting Download PDF She has had her hair extravagantly […]

31. Indus Valley Seals

Download PDF It is assumed that the seals were used for trade, particularly long-distance trade, that the different animals are […]

36. A Black Chlorite Cup

Indus Valley, circa 4000 BC Size: 5.3 cm diameter Download PDF Finely carved around the outside are three long-legged water birds, […]

39. Pair of Gold Bangles

Mehrgarh, 3rd millennium BC Size: 7.5 × 8.5 cm Download PDF The gold sheet is wrapped around a core of bitumen.

40. Three Shell Bracelets

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 7 cm diameter Download PDF The three bracelets are cut from the same conch shell; […]

43. An Oval Agate Seal

Indus Valley, 3rd millennium BC Size: 2.5 cm Download PDF The flat side is drilled with a walking human figure with […]

45. A White Nephrite Seal

Indus Valley, 4th millennium BC Size: 2 cm diameter Download PDF Both surfaces of the seal are drilled, with a bird […]

49. A Grey-Ware Ceramic Bowl

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500 BC Size: 19.5 cm diameter Download PDF It has been suggested that the mysterious designs in black […]

50. A Terracotta Drinking Vessel

Indus Valley, 3rd millennium BC Size: 19 cm high Download PDF This strikingly simple representation of a long-horned bull’s head is […]

51. A Terracotta Jar

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 21.5 cm diameter, 17.5 cm high Download PDF The entire outer wall of the […]

52. A Terracotta Bowl

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 26 cm diameter Download PDF Decorated in red on a whitened ground with linked […]

53. A Terracotta Scoop

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 14.5 × 11 cm Download PDF Painted on the inside with a human figure, […]

55. A Large Terracotta Jar

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 43 cm high, 35 cm diameter Download PDF   The decoration around this jar […]

57. A Terracotta Bowl

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3500–3000 BC Size: 18 cm diameter Download PDF Decorated in dark brown with three elongated zebu bulls, […]

58. A Large Terracotta Bowl

Mehrgarh, Indus Valley, 3rd millennium BC Size: 26 cm high Download PDF Painted in black, with three enormous lions stalking […]

60. A Carved Stone Bear

Ancient Bactria, 3000 BC, or earlier Size: 12 × 20 cm Download PDF This rare and unusually large animal figure […]

61. A Glazed Limestone Owl

Ancient Bactria, 3rd millennium BC Size: 23 cm high Download PDF The comparison between this Owl and the carved-stone Bear […]

65. Double Cube Vessel

Size: 9.2 cm high Download PDF 65–71 COLLECTION OF SEVEN BACTRIAN SILVER VESSELS Ancient Bactria, late 3rd–early 2nd millennium BC Published: O. […]

68. Beaker with Geometric Decoration

Size: 13.5 cm high Download PDF 65–71 COLLECTION OF SEVEN BACTRIAN SILVER VESSELS Ancient Bactria, late 3rd–early 2nd millennium BC Published: O. […]

69. Beaker with Geometric Decoration

Size: 7.8 cm high Download PDF 65–71 COLLECTION OF SEVEN BACTRIAN SILVER VESSELS Ancient Bactria, late 3rd–early 2nd millennium BC Published: O. […]

70. Cup with a Feasting Scene

Size: 6.7cm high, 7.5cm diameter Download PDF This scene of celebration with drinking and music is a fundamental reminder of […]

71. Tall Goblet with Hunting Scenes

Size: 17.5cm high Download PDF This goblet presents a particularly rich iconography, but one which remains difficult to interpret unless […]

75. A Gold Vessel

Ancient Bactria, 3rd millennium BC Size: 4 cm high Download PDF This vessel is an example of extreme technical wizardry. It […]

76. A Jasper Beaker

Ancient Bactria, 3rd millennium BC Size: 8.5 cm high Download PDF It is rare to find such a typically Bronze Age […]

77. A Chlorite Box

Ancient Bactria, 3rd millennium BC Size: 6.5 cm high, 7 cm wide Download PDF This unusual box and cover is carved […]

81. A Chlorite Bowl

Ancient Bactria, circa 2500 BC Size: 13.5 cm diameter Download PDF Carved with an all-over design of sheep’s fleece.

88. A Stone Monkey and Child

Ancient Bactria, circa 3000 BC 4.5 cm high Download PDF   A monkey cult seems to have existed in Bactria in […]

95. A Group of Ancient Seals

Ancient Bactria and Indus Valley, 3rd millennium BC  Download PDF a. Circular with a figure of a monkey, bronze. Size: […]

99. Nine Mace Heads

Iran, 3rd–2nd millennium BC Size: 4–7 cm high Haematite, granite, limestone, alabaster Download PDF

102. Scar-Faced Monster Man

Eastern Iran, late 3rd millennium BC Size: 11.8 cm high Download PDF The big question that the group of figures to […]

104. Two Bronze Trumpets

Bactria, 3rd–2nd millennium BC Size: 9.5 cm and 7.5 cm high Download PDF They are both cast with a human head […]

107. A Bronze Bull

Ancient Bactria, 6th century BC  Size: 5 cm long Download PDF The sculpture is finely cast, defining the musculature, facial […]

110. Three Bronze Amulets

Central Asia, 1st millennium BC Size: 9 cm, 7.5 cm and 7.5 cm high Download PDF Amulets like these have been […]

117. The Tattooed Man

Southern Siberia, 5th–3rd century BC Size: 30 cm high Bronze and gold Download PDF This is one of the most important […]

128. The Rape of Europa

A Hellenistic Cosmetic Dish Greek Bactria, 2nd–1st century BC Size: 11.5 cm diameter Yellow chlorite Download PDF The remarkable feature of […]

131. A Soghdian Bronze Mouflon

Central Asia, 5th–6th century AD Size: 10 cm long Download PDF The motif of a garlanded mouflon is frequently seen on […]

138. An Indo-Greek Bronze Plaque

Bactria, 1st–2nd century BC Size: 5 cm high Download PDF Loosely draped and largely naked, with a high chignon, she leans […]

142. An Orange Carnelian Seal

Bactria, 2nd century BC Size: 3 cm Download PDF The seal shows a royal couple celebrating Nowruz, holding poppies, that look […]

147. A Bust of Bacchus

Imperial Rome, late 1st century BC Size: 11.5 cm high Bronze, silver, copper Download PDF An old friend and much-esteemed […]

148. A Bronze Figure of Eros

Greco-Bactria, 3rd–2nd century BC Size: 3 cm high Download PDF This miniature masterpiece of winged Eros playing a ‘guitar’, originally […]

157. Shiva’s Trident

Greater Gandhara, 3rd–4th century AD Size: 48 × 42 cm Stone Download PDF Coins provide the evidence for the transformation of […]

158. A Mauryan Stone Roundel

Arachosie, 3rd century BC Size: 8.7 cm diameter Download PDF It is astonishing how much can be clearly carved into a […]

165. A Bronze Seated Buddha

Gandhara, 2nd–3rd century Size: 9 cm high Download PDF The first serious missionary efforts on behalf of Buddhism were made […]

166. Bronze Seated Buddha

Gandhara, 2nd century AD Size: 7 cm high Download PDF This small image of Buddha can be dated to the […]

176. Copper Sieve

Kham Zargar, Afghanistan, 1st century AD Size: 19.5 cm high, 34.5 cm diameter  Download PDF The sieve is pierced with […]

178. A Bronze Cow and Calf

Afghanistan, 8th–9th century AD Size: 3.1 cm high Download PDF Hinduism was prevalent in the Kabul Valley, from where this […]

181. A Green Steatite Stamp

Northern Afghanistan, 6th–7th century AD Size: 2 cm diameter Download PDF There are six lines of Brahmi script, and beading […]

183. A Dedicated Conch Shell

Kashmir, 7th century AD Size: 20 cm long Download PDF The Sanskrit inscription is drilled in dots around the upper […]

184. A Triton Shell Trumpet

Marind-anim people, New Guinea, 19th century Size: 28 cm long Download PDF The Marind-anim people were much-feared cannibals of the […]

187. A Tibetan Stone Phallus

Probably medieval Size: 13.5 cm long Download PDF The stone is marcasite (iron sulphide), and the phallus had a dual […]

188. A Mammoth Tusk Phallus

Tibet, ancient  Size: 25 cm long  Download PDF This phallus, with its marvellous molasses-like patina, is made of mammoth ivory […]

192. Yoni Bare

Nepal, 19th century Size: 4 cm high, 6.5 cm diameter Wood Download PDF For obvious reasons the female sex, unlike […]

193. Three Terracotta Oil Lamps

Not illustrated Carthage, Tunisia, 2nd–4th century Size: 11.5 cm long These three lamps, all from what is now Tunisia and […]

197. A Byzantine Gold Ring

Constantinople, 5th–6th century AD Size: 4.5 cm high Download PDF It is easy to assume that the two birds inside […]

198. A Byzantine Gold Ring

Constantinople, 12th century Size: 3.5 cm high Download PDF The ring has a cross on a stepped bezel, with finely […]

200. A Byzantine Glass Weight

Constantinople, 6th century AD Size: 14.5 cm diameter Weight: 312 grams Download PDF This weight appears to be the largest […]

207. Noah’s Ark

Supposedly Mesopotamia, circa 1220 Probably Turkey, early 20th century Size: 28 × 19.5 cm Watercolour and ink on paper And […]

209. A Mongol Copper Boss

Central Asia, 13th century Size: 3 cm  Download PDF The hemispherical boss is repoussé-worked with the figures of four running […]

214. An Ivory Chess-Piece

Probably Nishapur, Iran, 11th century Size: 6.2 cm high Download PDF This two-horned gaming piece is the equivalent of our […]

215. Four Early Islamic Jades

Afghanistan, 10th – 11th century A cruciform belt fitting engraved with an elaborated Kufic inscription. Size: 4 × 4.2 cm […]

219. A Mamluk Tile

Syria, mid-15th century AD Size: 19 cm high Download PDF This tile, underglaze painted in blue on white with the […]

222. A Talisman of Jade

Probably Herat, Afghanistan, late 15th century Size: 10.5 cm diameter Download PDF This talisman is most unusual, and in the […]

224. A Chalcedony Baraka Bead

Inscribed with the name of Atziz Kwarezm Shah Central Asia, 1127–1156 Size: 2.5 cm Download PDF Sometimes tiny objects pack […]

237. The Oranienburg Fox

Berlin, Germany, mid-18th century Size: 102 × 149 cm Oil on canvas Download PDF The pelts of the Oranienburg fox […]

238. Bronze Aeolipile

Germany, 16th century Size: 18.5 cm high Download PDF Exhibited and published: An Exhibition of Medieval, Renaissance and Islamic Works […]

239. Madonna and Child

South Germany, 12th century Size: 66 cm high Limewood Download PDF A long river journey has worn smooth and reshaped […]

242. An Ivory Tea-Leaf Holder

Japan, 19th century Size: 12 × 7.5 cm Download PDF This exquisite thick slice of ivory, with its honey-coloured patina […]

246. A Talismanic Eye-Agate

Ancient Bactria, 3rd millennium BC; engraved 10th/11th century AD Size: 3 × 2.5 cm Download PDF The bezel is engraved with […]

252. Twelve Postcards

Mario Ruspoli to John Hewett, 1971 Download PDF When someone like John Hewett disappears, an archive of the endeavours of […]

257. The Cottel Sisters’ Spoons

Not illustrated Jamestown, Massachusetts, 17th–18th century Size: 19 cm long Buffalo horn In 1607, three ships carrying 104 men landed […]

258. A Whaler’s Capstan

Not illustrated Portugal, 19th century Size: 1m 20cm high Oak and mahogany A whaler was wrecked by a storm off […]

260. Twelve Stones

The Monte Region of Argentina Size: 7 to 10 cm Download PDF These mysterious stones come from the collection of […]

262. Sophie Grandval

The Twenty-Eight Phases of the Moon (December, 2015) Size: 60 × 30 cm Oil on canvas Download PDF In 2012, […]

263. Stargazer

Mezcala, West Coast of Mexico, 700 BC–AD 300  Size: 17.8 cm high Hard stone Download PDF He gazes into other […]

264. The Mask of a Shaman

Mezcala, West Coast of Mexico, 700 BC–AD 300  Size: 19 cm high Serpentine Download PDF If you care to look […]

268. A ‘Pirate’s Ring’

Cabuchon lodestone mounted in silver and steel Bezel size: 3.2 × 2.3 cm Download PDF Lodestone is one of only […]

270. A Gogotte Stone

Fontainebleau, France, circa 30 million years old Size: 20 cm high Download PDF Formed from grains of quartz cemented by […]

273. Skull Pomander

English, dated 1628 Size: Apple 6 cm diameter, 8 cm high with stalk; Skull 4.5 cm high Silver, colours, leather […]

275. An Ivory Memento Mori

France, 16th–17th century Size: 5 cm high Download PDF There is another version in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, but […]

280. John Martin

Satan in Council Mezzotint and engraving, 1824 Size: 480 × 701 mm One of approximately ten known impressions on wove […]

281. Felicien Rops

Les Sataniques The complete series of Felicien Rops’ extraordinary Les Sataniques. Vernis mou on Japan paper, each signed or initialled […]

282. A Contrabass Balalaika

North America, early 20th century Size: 1m 77cm high Download PDF Interest in the balalaika in America developed as a […]

283. An Inscribed Curved Ivory Hu

from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF Inscription: ‘The disciple of xxx [place, erased] xxx mao [name, erased] signed respectfully. […]

284. Ten Shaligram Stones

Gandaki River, Nepal, ancient from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF One of Jean-Claude’s abiding passions was for mysterious stones. […]

292. A Voodoo Priest’s Cane

Haiti, 19th century Size: 52 cm long Steel and brass from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF Objects connected with […]

293. The Cosmic Egg

Himalayan region, ancient Size: 13 cm long Brown stone from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF

296-301. Porphyry

from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF 296  CONSTELLATED RED PORPHYRY GRINDING STONE AND PESTLE India, 19th century or earlier […]

303. Three Sectioned Wood Cones

England, first half 19th century Size: 23.5 cm, 17 cm and 11 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download […]

307. A Knotted Calabash

Japan, 19th century Size: 28 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF The species originated in South Africa, […]

308. Two Stone Lingams

Himalayan region, naturally formed Size: 24 cm, 16 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF Found in rivers, […]

310. A Tantric Diagram

Western India, early 18th century Size: 11.5 × 26.3 cm Colours on paper from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF […]

311. A Buddhist Reliquary

Japan, 17th century Size: 6.5 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF I remember very well the day […]

312. Cosmic Man

Jain, Gujarat, 18th century Size: 31 × 13 cm Opaque watercolour on wood from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF […]

317. Egyptian Wood Torso of a Woman

New Kingdom, 1550–1070 BC Size: 14 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF Jean-Claude obviously had a taste […]

318. The Beard of a Pharaoh

Egypt, 18th Dynasty, 1550–1292 BC Size: 19 cm long Carved wood from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF This beard […]

319. A Hardstone Vase

The Levant, early 1st millennium BC Size: 8 cm high from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF

320. An Egyptian Wood Head-Rest

New Kingdom, 1550–1070 BC Size: 16.5 cm high, 29.5 cm long from JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s Alchemical toy-cupboard Download PDF

321. Urban Oblomovsky

1927–1983 ‘And on the Seventh Day God ended His work which He had made’ New York, 1959–75 Size: 20 × 16cm […]

322. Man Ray

A l’Heure de l’Observatoire – les Amoureux Size: Image: 35.5 × 89.8 cm, Sheet: 60.5 × 105.3 cm Lithograph printed […]

323. Salvador Dali

Mae West’s Lips Sofa Made, and re-branded ‘Marilyn Lips’, by Studio 65, 1972 Size: 84 cm high, 205.5 cm wide […]

324. Man Ray

Cadeau Cast metal multiple, 16.5 cm high Signed, titled and numbered 4822/5000 in white ink on the handle Initialled and […]

325. Man Ray

Poire d’Erik Satie Colour lithograph on paper, 1969 Size: 45.7 × 29.2 cm Signed with monogram (lower right) and numbered […]

326. Man Ray

Priapus, God of Fertility Edition of Galerie Iolas, 1972, signed and numbered 185/500 Size: 52 cm high, 30 cm diameter […]

327. Jim Dine

Palettes No. IV Multiple, with wood and paint, 1969 Size: 71 × 51 cm (outer margins) Signed and numbered 35/74 […]

329. Howard Cook

George Washington Bridge with “B” Lithograph, 1931–32 Size: 35.2 × 25 cm Full margins. Edition of 50 (from an intended […]

330. Samuel Margolies

Men of Steel Drypoint, circa 1940 Size: 378 × 295 cm. Full margins. Edition of 250. Signed and titled in […]

331. Paul Landacre

Laguna Cove Wood engraving on Japan paper, 1935 Size: 13.2 × 7.9 cm Full margins. Edition of 200. Signed and […]

332. Paul Landacre

Smoke Tree Not illustrated Wood engraving on Japan paper, 1953 Size: 20 × 15 cm. Full margins. Artist’s proof, aside […]

333. Paul Landacre

Desert Wall Wood engraving, 1932 Size: 14 × 17.8 cm Full margins. Signed, titled and numbered 7/50 in pencil (lower […]

334. Paul Landacre

Sultry Day Wood engraving, 1937 Size: 20.3 × 15.2 cm Full margins. Edition of 200, published by American Artists Group, […]

335. Birger Sandzen

The Sentinel of the Mesa Not illustrated Lithograph on cream laid paper, 1933 Size: 40 × 50 cm Wide margins. […]

336. Birger Sandzen

Windwhipped Pines Lithograph, circa 1928 Size: 40.5 × 56 cm Full margins. Signed and titled in pencil (lower margin). A […]

337. Thomas Hart Benson

Shallow Creek Lithograph, circa 1928 Full margins. Edition of 150. Signed in pencil (lower right). Published by Associated American Artists, […]

338. Wanda Gag

Moonlight Lithograph, 1926 Size: 35.6 × 42.9 cm. Wide margins. Edition of 60. Signed, titled and dated in pencil (lower […]

339. Barbara Latham

A Negro Group Wood engraving on thin laid Japan paper, circa 1927 Size: 18.7 × 22.1 cm. Full margins. Signed […]

343. A Dayak ‘Soul Boat’

Kenyah-Kayan style, Mahakam River, East Kalimantan, Borneo, 19th century Size: 115 cm long, 26 cm high, 30 cm wide. Hardwood, […]

344. Four Baoule Wood Bobbins

Ivory Coast, 19th century Download PDF a.  long-beaked bird of abstract form, 21 cm high. b.  man clasping his beard […]

345. Wooden Spoon Girl

Southern Africa, probably by a Nguni sculptor, circa 1900 Size: 32 cm high Download PDF Presented to girls on their […]

348. An Ifuagao Wood Food Bowl

Ifugao people, Luzon, Philippines, 19th century Size: 36 cm diameter Download PDF This classic Ifugao artefact, adzed from hardwood, has […]

349. Seven Hokata Shells

Solomon Islands, 19th century Size: 14 cm – 6.7 cm Download PDF For smaller transactions in the Solomon Islands, too […]

350. Bakia Currency

Rubiana Lagoon, Solomon Islands, collected in 1895 Size: 17 cm. Weight: 1.48 kg Download PDF Such island currencies were not […]

352. Copper Currency

Ibo tribe, Nigeria, 19th century Size: 41 cm Weight: 2.78 kg Download PDF Spirally twisted copper was the original currency […]

353. A Shark Fishing Hook

Cook Islands, early 19th century Size: 18 cm long Download PDF Known as a matau by the Cook Islanders, this […]

354. Rice Cutter

Cambodia, mid-20th century Size: 28 × 46 cm Ox-horn and steel Download PDF The horn gathered a beak-full of rice, […]

355. Pearl-Shell Bride Piece

Not illustrated New Britain, circa 1900 Size: 22 cm maximum diameter The largest island of the Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain […]

360. A Mughal Ivory Pommel

North India, circa 1600 Size: 4.5 cm high Download PDF The ivory is carved in the form of a lion’s […]

361. An Ivory Pen-Box

Deccan, 17th century Size: 26.5 × 11.5 × 9 cm Download PDF There are similar pen-boxes in the Museum fur […]

362. Two Hawaiian Stone Adzes

Not illustrated Big Island of Hawaii, 17th–18th century Size: 17.5 cm and 16.5 cm long Of typical faceted Polynesian shape […]

364. A Lele Tribe Dance Mask

Central Congo region, circa 1900 Size: 24 cm high Download PDF The Lele people, related to the Kuba tribe, live […]

365. H.M. Bateman

1887– 1970 A Ventriloquist at Christie’s Size: 34 × 49 cm Watercolour on paper Download PDF H.M. Bateman was the […]