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An illustration of Bhairavi Ragini, showing a woman at a Shiva linga shrine with musicians, Rajasthan School, c.1640s.

03 Editorial

05 Insight Emma Southon responds to a party invitation from Roman Britain

07 News

11 Acquisitions

14 Gifts and bequests Sabrina Villani investigates an unparalleled collection of German stoneware

17 Around the UK

20 Across the world

22 Diary

24 Drawing on faith Sarah Vowles and Grant Lewis consider Michelangelo’s last three decades

30 Childhood captured Olenka Horbatsch gives the background to a newly acquired Rembrandt drawing

32 Miniature masterpieces Claudia Wagner, Aurelia Masson-Berghoff, Tom Harrison and Ollie Croker put Roman gems under the microscope

34 Objects of belief Amina Wright delves into the stories behind three early Christian objects

36 Behind the Iron Curtain Judy Rudoe provides an insight into an exceptional donation of objects from Eastern Europe

40 Bhakti, beauty and beyond Sandra Sattler imagines the lives of women depicted in Indian miniatures

42 Beautiful stones Jessica Harrison-Hall admires jade jewellery from China

44 Sickness and health in the classical world Ralph Jackson analyses medical practices in ancient Greece and Rome

48 A sacred site in the Himalayas T. Richard Blurton describes his continuing research into a remote region in the Himalayas

52 Power of the pharaohs Marie Vandenbeusch examines images of Egypt’s rulers

55 Rebuilding the wall Stephanie Vasiliou gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a major conservation project

56 A loving cup Stuart Frost traces the debates surrounding the iconic Warren Cup

59 Books

64 Curator ’s choice Nancy Highcock is captivated by protective clay animals from Mesopotamia

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Daniele da Volterra, Portrait of Michelangelo, c.1548–53, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands.

British Museum Magazine Spring/Summer 2024

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